Brisbane airport 2nd runway

New runway to generate $5 billion in annual economic benefit

In SEQ, several multi-billion dollar projects are underway which when considered together simply redefine and modernize the region. One of the biggest agents of change is happening at the city’s aviation gateway.  Australia’s largest aviation construction project is approaching its finals stages of delivery and that is Brisbane’s second runway.

In 2020 after eight years in the making, Brisbane will have what will be the best runway system in Australia and possibly the southern hemisphere.

The new runway is a key piece of infrastructure that will almost guarantee the ongoing growth of the SEQ region, the State of Queensland and the nation.

At the same time, the new runway will deliver on Brisbane Airport’s capacity to meet the demands of the community it serves, now and for the +20 years.

At a total cost of around $1.3 billion it already has provided hundreds of construction jobs and it is expected that by 2035, it will generate up to 8,000 new jobs and an additional $5 billion in annual economic benefit for the region.

By doubling capacity, to about 110 aircraft movements per hour, it will enable continued growth bringing more flights, more choice and therefore competition for all business and leisure travel.

As one of the fastest growing airports in Australia with nearly 23.2 million passengers each year, Brisbane is key gateway to the rest of the country.

This increase in capacity places the Brisbane Airport in the same league as those operating in places like Hong Kong and Singapore. This will be a crucial component in the maturation of Brisbane as a genuine an Asian Hub. Advantageously located at a more northerly coastal location to Australia’s other capital cities, Brisbane’s profile as a cost-effective proposition for hosting conferences, engaging tourism and turbo charging other business opportunities.

Importantly given the 24/7 nature of the airport, Brisbane’s new runway system will be operated to maximize operations over Moreton Bay to minimize noise impacts. Parallel runways provide the best opportunity to maximize the number of aircraft that can fly into and out of an airport.

At Brisbane Airport the proposed two parallel runway system will be able to be used in several ways, commonly referred to as ‘modes of operation’. Each mode of operation is allotted a ‘preference’. That is, each mode will be given an order of 1st, 2nd or 3rd preference. With two parallel runways in operation the preference ranking will be as follows:

  • 1st: Over Bay operations
  • 2nd: 19 parallel operations
  • 3rd: 01 parallel operations

According to the BAC website, safety is the most important consideration in operating an airport, with the choice of mode at any given time dependent on a combination of factors including:

  • Weather conditions – especially wind direction and speed, rain, visibility, distance and level of cloud base ;
  • The number of aircraft presenting for arrival at the airport within a given period; and
  • The number of aircraft wishing to depart from the airport within a given period 1st Preference.

Over Bay operations have aircraft arriving and departing over Moreton Bay which can be operated in two different ways:

  • Simultaneous opposite direction parallel runway operations (SODPROPS); and
  • Dependent opposite direction parallel runway operations (DODPROPS)

If you are interested in understanding more about Brisbane’s new runway and what it means for your property considerations, please contact the author Mark Courtney at or on 07 3221 8166.

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