09 NOV 15
PERTH Airport has entered the procurement process for the upgrade of its lighting infrastructure in light of recent, yet rare fog events which disrupt operations at least twelve times a year. The upgrade to the main runway (03/21) will enhance the Instrument Landing System (ILS) to Category III. Consultations with operating airlines have concluded that this level of upgrade is beneficial.
Currently, the airport is Category I, which allows landings with a minimum of 800 metres visibility, with 550 metres for departures. The project is expected to cost $36 million, with works expected to be completed in three phases, fully finished in early-2018.
Operated by Airservices Australia, the lighting infrastructure upgrade will benefit airlines who have to carry extra fuel in case of diversions to other airports. This is especially critical to the continued growth of air travel in Western Australia as the need for a system like this is evident as in the case of a fog event, international services would have to divert to the nearest international airport, like Adelaide, for customs and immigration purposes.
Perth Airport CEO, Brad Geatches said,
We are working closely with Airservices Australia on the Instrument Landing System upgrade for the main runway to support full Category III delivery, and are progressing with procurement and commissioning
The upgrade will enable aircraft to land and take-off at a lower visibility, and reduce operating costs to airlines who currently have to carry extra fuel loads in case of diversions
We are particularly pleased to have airline support for this important infrastructure investment.
The current phase is to commission transmissometers by the end of this year, which will reduce the minimum visibility further down to 550 metres. Phase two will involve the installation of electrical cabling, with the final phase being the upgrade to the overall lighting and ILS systems, which will reduce the minimum visibility down to 50 metres for arrivals and 125 metres for departures.