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Project spotlight: QLD Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion


Posted by Monica Gameng

The Sunshine Coast Airport – located in Marcoola, Queensland  is set for an expansion that will enable it to meet the needs of the growing community as well as continue supporting the growth of the region’s economy.

About the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project

The project is set to deliver a new runway that will comply with the regulatory standards and other airport feature upgrades that will enable the Sunshine Coast Airport to cater to more incoming and outgoing flights, enhancing the region’s national and global connections.

Key project features include:

  • A new 2,450m long X 45m wide east-west runway that is capable of servicing aircrafts such as the A330, B787 and B777
  • Proposed changes to airspace and flight paths
  • Two ended taxiway loops, navigation aids and expansion of the existing apron and terminal
  • An Air Traffic Control Tower and Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Services Station
  • Dredging of up to 1.1 million cubic metre of sand for fill from Spitfire Realignment Channel at Moreton Bay
  • Transport and temporary mooring of a dredge offshore at Marcoola for sand pumping to the project site
  • Temporary construction operations including a sand pumping pipeline and tailwater release to the Marcoola Drain

The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project is estimated to cost approximately $347 million, including a $181 million Federal Government Concessional Loan to assist the delivery of the project – as announced in November 2016.

Runway-Expansion_Artists-Impression-1.jpgArtist impression of the expansion (source: Sunshine Coast Airport)

Project Timeline

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project was approved on May 2016, according to a report by the Queensland State Coordinator-General. On July 2016, the Australian Government gave its approval for the construction and operation of a new runway, revised apron and an expanded passenger terminal.

Preliminary works on the expansion were projected to begin in early 2017. The expansion project is currently under the design phase, and the process to engage a construction contractor is underway.

The project is expected to support up to 86 jobs during the construction phase.

The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project is expected to be completed by 2020 and, once operational, the expanded airport is set to generate 2,230 new full-time direct and indirect jobs by 2040 as well as inject approximately $4.1 billion into the region’s economy for the next 20 years after the project is commissioned.

20171221 SCAEP timeline image.jpgSource: Sunshine Coast Council

Australian Airports Association Acting CEO Nick Lane said in a 2016 statement: “The expansion project will not only facilitate direct access to more destinations across Australia, it will also open up the Sunshine Coast to international markets and create a key driver for increased tourism and economic growth.”

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Source: Sunshine Coast Council; QLD Government Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning; Sunshine Coast Airport

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.