What is the new runway project?

The new runway will occupy 293-hectares, be 3,000 metres long and will be located parallel to the existing main runway with a 2 kilometre separation so that both runways can be used independently.

The new runway project is a complex, large scale civil engineering project that will take between four and five years to construct. In addition to the civil works, technical elements related to aircraft landing and navigation systems will be installed and flight testing will be undertaken.

The new runway project involves more than just the runway infrastructure, and includes the following key infrastructure elements: 
  • a new runway, 3,000 metres long and 45 metres wide, with associated shoulders, blast pavements and runway end safety areas that are provided for the safety of aircraft operations,
  • approximately nine kilometres of taxiways to provide efficient aircraft taxiing between the new runway and terminals,
  • runway and taxiway ground lighting to provide directional guidance during restricted visibility conditions, such as night-time and heavy rainfall,
  • visual guidance systems, such as high intensity approach lighting and precision approach-path indicators, that are used by pilots to visually identify the runway and align the aircraft for landing,
  • air navigation systems, such as an instrument landing system, that transmit accurate vertical and horizontal guidance for pilots,
  • a vehicle-access road around the perimeter of the new runway area to maintain security inspections and provide access for maintenance and operational vehicles,
  • a new airside security fence and electronic security system to meet aviation security requirements,
  • a new airside and landside emergency vehicle staging area,
  • realignment of Perth Airport’s two main drainage channels to manage stormwater and groundwater flows around the new runway and taxiways,
  • provision of additional of Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) facilities to ensure a compliant ARFF service, and
  • relocation of all affected services such as high-voltage power, sewer, potable water, irrigation water, and communications.

A draft airspace management plan for the proposed new flight paths has also been prepared.  Airservices Australia will commence the final design of the airspace and flight paths approximately three years prior to the opening of the new runway.

A decision on the future of the existing cross runway will be made once the new runway is operational and there is a possibility that it will close.

Grogan Road, which crosses the new runway’s footprint, will be partially closed.

Click here to view a map of the base infrastructure of the new runway project.