Airspace design and flight paths for new runway at Sunshine Coast Airport out for technical review

Sunshine Coast Council’s Airport Expansion Project is progressing well and remains on target for completion by the end of 2020 as scheduled.

Sunshine Coast Council has engaged Airservices Australia, the nation’s air navigation service provider, to finalise the flight path designs. Airservices Australia manages 11 per cent of the world’s airspace in which there are more than four million aircraft movements carrying more than 156 million passengers annually.

The proposed flight paths and airspace changes for the new runway are progressing well and the designs have been released for community and aviation industry comment today, Wednesday, March 20.

Sunshine Coast Council, Airservices Australia and the Sunshine Coast Airport will conduct information sessions and briefings to present the proposed airspace and flight path designs for the new runway.

An analysis indicates that there will be minimal material change to the information originally included in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) consultation process conducted in 2014 and 2015.

Sunshine Coast Council Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson said this was the final step in the airspace design process and while there are minimal changes to what was presented as part of the EIS, it is an opportunity for a more detailed look at how the airspace will operate once the new runway is in service.

“The engagement program will run for six weeks, from Wednesday, March 20 until Tuesday, April 30 2019,” Cr Robinson said.

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