Sunshine Coast readies for new runway opening

Mid-June debut flagged for long-awaited 2.5-kilometre airfield

Sunshine Coast Airport’s new runway is nearing completion with a launch date of mid-June 2020 flagged for its debut.

Expansion Project Director, Ross Ullman, said rain between January and mid-March had delayed asphalt placement but those works were now complete.

“While the runway construction work will be completed by 21 May 2020, the wet weather delay has put back the ability to undertake technical assessments and complete quality documentation required to open the runway on that date,” Ullman said.

Sunshine Coast Airport runway extension rendering

Ullman said the new runway will now be operational on 14 June 2020, subject to weather and COVID-19 not disrupting the program.

“Any such disruptions to the program may mean the 14 June date will not be able to be met and programming will have to be reviewed.

The existing runway will remain active until the new runway is operational, enabling charter flights and general aviation activities to continue.

Ullman said council recognised that what was occurring in Australia and across the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic had significantly impacted Airport operations in recent weeks.

“The Sunshine Coast Airport will play a critical role in the recovery of our region post the COVID-19 pandemic and council is committed to handing over the new runway as soon as possible to support the airport’s return to normal operations,” he said.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions the airport’s terminal building and facilities are currently closed.

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