As part of the first phase, a joint venture between Aurecon and Aecom has been awarded the design of the new runway and apron to support further expansion of international terminal facilities.
The AU$45m expenditure also covers environmental and other approvals, airspace design and public consultation.
Perth Airport experiences peak periods during both day and night because of the timings of flights for resource sector workers and the need to time many international flights to connect to other services. Although demand for intrastate aviation services is currently subdued, Perth Airport chief executive officer Brad Geatches said that keeping ahead of the demand curve is critical to future success. Demand has proven volatile and difficult to forecast. For this reason, it is necessary to get infrastructure design and approvals progressed, despite the current softening in demand, he said. “The new runway represents a significant privately funded investment in infrastructure to support Western Australia.”
The new runway will be 2,700m long and 45m wide, running parallel to the existing main runway. The project also includes approximately 9km of taxiways, which will integrate the runway with the current airfield.
There will also be an investment in associated infrastructure and systems such as lighting, navigation aids and an additional firefighting and rescue station.