Perth Airport new runway

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Perth Airport new runway

Perth airport capacity
Early-stage proposal (Stage 1)
Perth, WA
Fast-growing cities
National Connectivity
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Medium term (5-10 years)
Proposed By
Perth Airport
Date added to the IPL
17 February 2016


Perth Airport is the fourth busiest in the country. The 2015 Australian Infrastructure Audit found Perth Airport will need additional capacity to meet projected growth in demand.

The Perth Airport Preliminary Draft Master Plan 2020 forecasts passenger throughput to increase from 14.5 million in 2018–19 to 28.5 million in 2039–40, and total aircraft movements are predicted to grow from 132,000 annually in 2018–19 to 202,000 in 2039–40.

This growth is partly driven by the airport’s role as a critical fly-in fly-out transport hub for shift workers travelling to Western Australia’s regional mining operations.

Passenger movements in and out of Perth Airport are concentrated around peak periods.

The high level of demand during peak periods fully utilises available runway slots, which leads to a less preferable departure or arrival time. This can lead to higher costs for business travellers and fly-in fly-out workers, reducing Australia’s international competitiveness.


The proposal proposes construction of an additional runway at Perth Airport to provide the capacity needed to meet increasing demand.

Next steps

Proponent to develop potential investment options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework). The Australian Government has approved the Draft Major Development Plan for the new runway project.