Airport operations have been heavily impacted by Covid-19 with significant reduction in both internal and international flights. Most short-term projects have been put on hold for commercially owned airports, whereas, government funded airports, such as Nancy Bird Walton are proceeding at pace.

Western Sydney / Nancy Bird Walton Airport

The $10 billion Nancy Bird Walton Airport will be developed in stages by the Federal Government-owned Western Sydney Airport Corporation (WSA Co.) in response to increasing passenger demand. The first stage, due to open in 2026, will see a single runway airport constructed with capacity for up to 10 million passengers a year. Works will be tendered through a series of separate procurements.

In September 2019, the CPB Contractors and Lendlease joint venture was awarded Packages 1A & 1Band be completed in the 2022-23 financial year. Package 1C comprises all the airside civils within the site and is expected to be awarded in mid-2021. In October 2019 Cox Architecture and Zaha Hadid Architects were awarded the architectural design of the terminal building. June 2020, Multiplex Constructions were awarded the construction component of Main Works Package Two. Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of 2021 and be completed before the opening of the airport in 2026. In March 2021, the contract for the baggage handling system was awarded to Vanderlande. Bechtel is the delivery partner providing project management, planning, design development and construction management services for the overall project.

Melbourne Airport

A third runway is planned for Melbourne Airport that will bring thousands more planes into Tullamarine each year. The $500 million runway will be 3-kilometre-long and able to handle larger passenger jets.

Development of approval documentation is currently being undertaken with the intent of releasing the preliminary draft Major Development Plan (MDP) for public comment in 2021.

After reviewing two options, Melbourne Airport announced their preference for a north-south alignment of the third runway.

Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport’s $11 billion third runway opened in July 2020. Privately funded the project is the largest in the history of Brisbane Airport since its opening in 1988. Construction was undertaken by Skyway, a joint venture between BMD Construction Pty Ltd and CPB Contractors Pty Limited, a member of the CIMIC Group. 

Perth Airport

Perth Airport will deliver a third runway before the end of the decade (subject to demand). The third runway is proposed to be 3,000 metres long and 45 metres wide and run parallel to the existing main runway.

In July 2019, Perth Airport released the preliminary draft of its Master Plan 2020. The third runway is a key element of the airport's development plans and forms part of the $2.5 billion investments for the airport over the coming decade.

The runway will support the Perth Airport’s forecast growth and consolidation plans to bring its terminals into an 'Airport Central Precinct'.

In Nov 2020, Perth Airport's Major Development Plan received Federal Government Approval.

 AUS INFRA OUTLOOK_Oct 2021.pdf (238 KB)