Melbourne Airport 'Master Plan' Approved

Media Release

WT050/2013

23 December 2013

Today the Australian Government announced it has approved Melbourne Airport's 2013 Master Plan, which sets out the airport's strategic direction for the next 20 years.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Master Plan proposes significant infrastructure developments at Melbourne Airport to accommodate expected growth in passenger and aircraft movements.

“I am pleased that the 2013 Master Plan provides for upgrades to airfield facilities, new aircraft movement areas and improved road and transport networks,” Mr Truss said.

“Melbourne Airport is a vital gateway for Victoria and Australia, playing a major role in Victoria's economy.

“Today the airport supports 14,300 direct jobs and some 43,000 jobs indirectly, while contributing $1.47 billion a year to Victoria's Gross State Product (GSP).

“Continued development of the airport is expected to see employment surge to 23,000 direct jobs and over 72,000 indirect jobs, while the airport's contribution to Victoria's GSP is anticipated to more than double to approximately $3.21 billion a year by 2033.

“Naturally, there is significant interest in the community about the proposed third runway. My approval of the Master Plan is not an approval of a third runway.

“A decision on the third runway will only be made after Melbourne Airport undertakes a detailed planning, design and regulatory approval process, which includes community consultation and examination of environmental impacts including from aircraft noise.

“The aviation sector plays a critical role in building a strong national economy. Melbourne Airport's 2013 Master Plan outlines infrastructure investments that will result in substantial benefits to the local, regional, state and national economies.”

Melbourne Airport has 50 business days to make 2013 Master Plan available to the public.