Melbourne Airport welcomes approval of Master Plan
Dec 23, 2013
Melbourne Airport has welcomed the approval of its 2013 Master Plan by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Melbourne Airport CEO, Chris Woodruff, said the Master Plan was a significant document for the airport’s future, outlining passenger forecasts and key developments, including a third runway and elevated road network.
“The development of the Master Plan has been a two year process and we are delighted that the Minister has approved our vision for Victoria’s aviation gateway.”
“Over the last two years we have worked with many stakeholders including industry, airlines and all levels of government as we developed this significant document. We have also had robust discussions with the community, particularly in regard to the third runway, and we will continue to have these discussions as we work through the approval process for the third runway.”
“Airports are critical pieces of our national infrastructure, and our Master Plan sets out the vision for Melbourne Airport as a 24-hour gateway for the movement of people and goods to global destinations and markets,” Mr Woodruff said.
“I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the Master Plan and we look forward to working with the community, government and interested parties as we implement our vision and as we strive to become Australia’s premier international aviation gateway.”
Melbourne Airport held 32 public meetings and information sessions, and over 100 briefings in addition to advertisements, fact sheets, website and social media communications. During the public consultation period 86 public submissions were received.
The Master Plan forecasts that Melbourne Airport will more than double it’s passengers to 64 million by 2033.
An economic and social impact study conducted for the Master Plan found that Melbourne Airport currently supports 14,300 jobs and contributes $1.47 billion to Victoria’s Gross State Product.
Melbourne Airport is now finalising details of the Master Plan document with the Federal Government. The Master Plan will be available on Melbourne Airport’s website within 50 business days as outlined in Section 86 of the Airports Act 1996.