Melbourne Airport has begun construction on a new taxiway network worth $300 million, in the largest airfield investment since the airport’s opening in 1970.
Dubbed ‘Taxiway Zulu’, the new airfield asset is set to create hundreds of jobs in the surrounding area over the course of the three-and-a-half-year project, which will see more than 250,000 square metres of new taxiway pavement laid down.
“Today is not just about breaking ground on a $300 million investment in our airfield; it is about transforming the travel experience for our passengers,” said Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation David Hall.
“When completed, these new taxiways will mean better on time performance for flights, more space for international aircraft and access to new destinations – it’s all part of our vision to support Melbourne on its journey to become Australia’s biggest city.”
The finished product will consist of parallel taxiways on the north side of the airfield, supporting wide-body aircraft movements in both the east-west and north-south directions.
‘“We are passionate about designing a new future for Melbourne Airport while setting a benchmark for sustainable infrastructure,” said Duncan Gibb, CEO of Fulton Hogan, the construction company awarded their ninth successive project for the airport.
“Melbourne Airport has ambitious plans for its future and we are proud to be selected to help deliver their inspirational vision.”