“The congestion at Perth Airport is holding back the WA economy”
Treasurer, Troy Buswell said that industry feedback suggested delays to the lack of runways. Airline executives have said that one-hour delays could cost the resource sector $50-80,000. The airport is a critical piece of infrastructure and if the airport doesn’t add a new runway soon, it could become an economic blocker.
The situation is so bad that executives were leaving a day earlier just to get to meetings on time. The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation’s chairman, Peter Harbison said the lack of runway capacity could lead to the strangling of the State’s development. He also said that the lack of airport runway capacity is like cutting off the blood supply.
Troy Buswell added that it’s no good building new terminals when you can’t take off and land. He acknowledged the fact that the airport was spending $750 million on the International Terminal Upgrades, added pier and Terminal WA.
Perth Airport has two runways that cannot be used concurrently. In certain wind conditions, planes can alternate between runways for take-off and landing. This will slightly increase the capacity
Plane movements at Perth Airport jumped 32% to 142,000 this year. There have been delays of up to two hours and delays of up to 30 minutes have been standard especially during the peak period between 6-8:30am.
The airport is to introduce a scheme to maximise runway capacity. They are also looking at building a third runway costing over $600 million. The CEO of Perth Airport, Brad Geatches claims that no airline has asked the airport for the additional runway, but two airline executives dispute this. He said the airport was prepared and had the capacity to build a third runway.