Brisbane Airport’s new flight paths will come into effect from 21 May in preparation for the opening of its new $1.1 billion runway on 12 July.
Once the new strip is in operation, aircraft will be able to take off over the bay at night, rather than across the city, reducing noise for locals.
The airport has also updated its flight path website, allowing residents to type in their address to find out information as to when aircraft will be flying overhead, before and after the runway’s unveiling.
Chief executive Gert-Jan de Graaff said, “From today community members may notice some minor changes to where some aircraft fly but, during the interim operating period, as the new runway is not yet open, all aircraft will still be arriving and departing from the current runway.
“This means that around 70 per cent of flight path changes are in place now, with the remainder to come into effect from 12 July 2020 when we can operate from both runways.”
The shift to new flight paths is a complicated one that will happen in phases, the airport has said, and involves changes being installed into aircraft navigation and air traffic control systems.
21 May is the international publication date for major airspace changes. The time between then and the new runway opening, on 12 July, will see interim flight paths used.
This will ensure aircraft using the new paths can still use the old runway.
Arrivals and departures to the south and east will use the new flight paths to the current runway. While arrivals and departures to the north and west will use interim flight paths to and from the current runway during the interim operating period.
Once the new runway is open, arrivals and departures to the north and west will switch to the new runway.
“We encourage every Brisbane resident to visit our Flight Path Tool, available on Brisbane Airport’s website, which allows you to search any address to find out specific information in relation to these interim operations and the new flight paths,” de Graaff said.
The website also shows noise mapping and highlights areas that will experience noise of 70 decibels or more.
Earlier this month, Australian Aviation reported that Brisbane Airport’s new runway was completed under the eerie quiet of a coronavirus lockdown.
The project will slowly double the hub’s passenger numbers from 23.4 million to more than 50 million by 2040, increasing daily flights to 110 aircraft movements an hour.
The project was conceived 15 years ago and its construction was a joint venture between BMD Constructions and CPB Contractors.
At its peak, 650 people were on-site in mid-2019 and 324 subcontractors were hired, with around 90 per cent based in south-east Queensland. In total, the state reclaimed 11 million cubic metres of sand from Moreton Bay as part of the works.
“In many respects, this runway is symbolic of the very firm belief we have that aircraft will, in the not too distant future, return to the skies and our terminals will once again be full of happy people looking forward to visiting their families, their holidays or to travel to do business,” said de Graaff.