Sunshine Coast Airport

Runways

The airfield infrastructure at the Airport is currently undergoing significant transformation as part of the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project (SCAEP).
The SCAEP includes:

  • decommissioning of the existing 650 metre Runway 12/30, completed in February 2018
  • decommissioning of the existing 1,797 metre Runway 18/36, to occur in 2020
  • construction of the new 2,450 metre Runway 13/31, to be completed in 2020

The new runway is aligned to take advantage of the prevailing wind conditions and has been designed to accommodate wide-body aircraft (e.g. A330/B787). The new runway is designed to be 2,450 metres long and 45 metres wide, with a runway strip of 300 metres.

Runway selection and seasonal winds

Runway selection is based on wind direction, weather conditions, traffic volume and other factors. See the Runway Selection fact sheet for more details. Aircraft primarily take-off and land into the wind for safety and performance reasons. Therefore, as the wind direction changes the runway in operation may also change depending on the strength of the wind. This means that the seasonal wind patterns affect usage of the different runway directions.

Noise abatement procedures
Noise abatement procedures are designed to help reduce the impact of aircraft noise on communities. While they are applied whenever it is possible to do so, their use is not mandatory and is subject to weather conditions and traffic requirements.

Currently, under the noise abatement procedures, the preferred runway for jet aircraft is Runway 36 for landing and Runway 18 for take-off. For aircraft above 5700 kilograms in weight, arriving and departing aircraft should wherever possible track seawards of the coast. When departing Runway 18, unless directed otherwise by air traffic control, non-jets are requested to turn prior to the Maroochy River. If possible, jets will turn towards the coast after reaching 500 feet.

When the new runway is operational Sunshine Coast Airport noise abatement procedures for instrument departures require aircraft to comply with a 7% gradient to 6000 feet.
Noise abatement procedures may not apply due to operational requirement and weather.

Sunshine Coast Airport has a voluntary Fly Neighbourly Program which encourages pilots to fly in a noise sensitive way whenever possible.

Runway usage statistics for each quarter are available below. In some cases the runway used is unknown (“UNK”). This is due to limitations in the data.

October - December 2019

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July - September 2019

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April - June 2019

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January - March 2019

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October - December 2018

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July - September 2018

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April - June 2018

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January - March 2018

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October - December 2017

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July - September 2017

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April - June 2017

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January - March 2017

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