Brisbane Airport’s New Runway Launch Date Announced

The long wait will soon be over. Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has confirmed the official launch date of Brisbane Airport’s new runway, following the commencement of the final component of the construction programme.

Whilst the timings of the first arrival and departure have not been confirmed yet, BAC has proudly announced that the first historic flights will take off and land Brisbane’s new runway (BNR) on 12 July 2020, after eight of construction.

“Today is a culmination of eight years of physical construction, many years before that in planning, and foresight from nearly half a century ago for one of the most exciting projects in Brisbane’s history,” Gert-Jan de Graaff, BAC Chief Executive Officer, said.

“It’s surreal to think we are just months away from seeing the first aircraft land and depart on this infrastructure masterpiece.

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The new runway, Mr de Graaff said, is an enabler for growth across all facets, with an estimated 7,800 new jobs created by 2035, as well as an additional five billion in annual economic benefit to the region.

“We are seeing firsthand that the new runway is bringing more flights, destinations and choices for the travelling public, and this growth will only strengthen from 12 July 2020,” Mr de Graaff said.

“We encourage everyone residing in Brisbane to visit the dedicated Flight Path Tool, available on Brisbane Airport’s website, which allows you to search any address to find out specific information in relation to aircraft volume forecasts and the expected noise footprint for the current and future flight paths,” Mr de Graaff said.

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Coinciding with the announcement, the line marking of the new runway and accompanying taxiways commenced, which marks the final component of the construction programme and will be undertaken over the next four to six weeks.

Once the line marking has been completed, the detailed commissioning process for the new ground lighting, navigational aids and control tower systems will follow.

Brisbane’s new runway is expected to be delivered under budget at a cost of $1.1 billion or a saving of $200 million.