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Master Plan FAQs

You'll find answers to frequent questions about the Perth Airport Preliminary Draft Master Plan 2020 here. For more, download our FAQs Fact Sheet.

The Master Plan is the blueprint for the future development of Perth Airport. It outlines the strategic vision for the airport estate over the next 20 years and beyond. It includes Perth Airport’s development objectives, land use plans, forecast growth in passengers and aircraft movements, plans to improve ground transport, future aviation and non-aviation developments, aircraft noise management, and the strategy for managing environmental and heritage matters.

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Perth Airport is located on land owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. In 1997, the operation and management of Perth Airport was transferred from the Commonwealth to Perth Airport Pty Ltd (previously called Westralia Airports Corporation) under a long-term lease.

As a leased federal airport, Perth Airport is subject to the planning framework of the Commonwealth Airports Act 1996, which requires a Master Plan to be submitted to the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development for approval every five years.

Perth Airport’s current Master Plan 2014 as approved by the Minister on 9 January 2015. The new Master Plan 2020 is being prepared to submit to the Minister in January 2020.

Master Plan 2020 updates the Perth Airport Master Plan 2014 and considers changes over the past five years.

Changes include new growth forecasts, detailed planning for ground transport improvements and development, the next five year Environment and Heritage Strategy action plan, and the vision for development of the airport estate for the next 20 year planning period.

A key focus of Master Plan 2020 is on the final stage of works to achieve the consolidation of all commercial air services into the Airport Central Precinct, with a planned investment program of up to $2.5 billion to be implemented over the next decade.

Perth Airport understands that its operations impact the environment and these environmental factors are taken into account in every aspect of the airport’s business.

The new five-year Environment Strategy action plan builds on the environmental, sustainability and heritage management achievements over the past five years. 

Key areas of focus include the development and implementation of management plans for a wide range of activities, including groundwater extraction, land and biodiversity, conservation of significant flora and vegetation, heritage sites, and per- and poly-fluoro alkyl substance (PFAS) contamination.

As well as the regular and ongoing engagement with communities through their elected representatives and other forums, the Master Plan public comment period provides an opportunity for members of the public to review the future plans for Perth Airport and to make a formal submission.

You also have the opportunity to attend a community information expo or visit the Perth Airport Experience Centre to speak to Perth Airport staff.

Further information about the community expos and Perth Airport Experience Centre opening times during the public comment period is available online at perthairport.com.au/masterplan or by telephone 1800 639 799.

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Perth Airport operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week providing an essential link for business and leisure travel and, importantly, meeting the needs of regional communities and the resource sector. 

Maintaining operational flexibility is essential to support the Western Australian economy and the resource sector which relies on flying employees to mine sites during narrow time windows.

Perth Airport is also part of a national and global aviation network. Flight times and schedules for interstate and international services are not controlled locally. Any restrictions on the operations of Perth Airport would result in significantly fewer air services being available to Western Australians, resulting in less visitors to the State and higher costs for airline tickets.

Master Plan 2020 forecasts indicate continued growth in air travel over the next 20 years.

Total annual passenger numbers are forecast to nearly double to 28.5 million by 2040. Annual international passengers are expected to grow from 4.37 million in 2018 to 10.20 million in 2040. In the same period, annual domestic passengers are forecast to grow from 9.92 million to 18.31 million.

Aircraft movements are forecast to increase from 129,900 movements in 2018 to 202,000 movements in 2040.

For more than 40 years the planning for Perth Airport has identified the future consolidation of terminals to a central location, supported by a parallel runway system.

As part of the Master Plan process, Perth Airport has continued to review the timing of planned developments to ensure that infrastructure and facilities are designed and constructed to meet forecast growth.

The planned works for the final stage of consolidation of terminals in Airport Central, as well as the new parallel runway, will cater for the forecast passenger, aircraft and ground transport demand over the next 20 years and beyond.

The new parallel runway is expected to be operational between 2023 and 2032, subject to Commonwealth approval, demand and agreement with airlines. It forms a key part of supporting the consolidation of commercial air services into Airport Central.

The new runway is a complex, large scale civil engineering project that will take between four and five years to construct, including airspace design and testing.

A Major Development Plan was prepared to address the various legislative approvals required for a new runway and was made available for public comment in 2018. The final flight paths will be designed by Airservices Australia prior to opening of the new runway.

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Perth Airport works with Airservices Australia, Commonwealth, State and Local governments and the aviation industry to actively manage aircraft noise exposure and its effect on the community.

The forecasts of long-term aircraft noise exposure around Perth Airport are used by Local Governments to limit the extent of noise sensitive developments in areas forecast to be most exposed to noise.

Airservices Australia designs and operates flight routes with aviation safety as its first consideration. Where it is able to, without impacting safety, Airservices Australia will design or adjust flight routes to reduce noise exposure. Aircraft operators manage noise by introducing quieter aircraft and following noise abatement procedures. Community concerns about aircraft noise are communicated to airlines and Airservices Australia by representatives of local communities.

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