Melbourne Airport's Third Runway

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UPDATED: May 14, 2020

While COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the global aviation sector and tourism more broadly, we know demand for travel will return and the industry will emerge from the current crisis.

Melbourne Airport remains committed to preparations for the third runway which will support the movement of people and goods for many years to come, stimulating jobs and the Victorian economy.

However, our public exhibition period and community engagement activities for the Draft Major Development Plan will be postponed as we adhere to current strict social distancing measures.

We do look forward to formally engaging with the community at a later date when it is safe to do so and we will announce the new public exhibition period on our website.

Members of our community are still encouraged to contact our community engagement team via phone or email with any comments or questions, and we look forward to meeting in person once social distancing restrictions are lifted.

If you would like to be kept up to date with this project, please register your details to receive updates direct to your inbox.

We’re still here to work with you, so if you have any questions or want to find out more information you can:

  • Contact us via the Get in Touch box (right)
  • Learn more about why Melbourne Airport needs a third runway, the MDP process and the studies that form part of the MDP, by viewing the fact sheet here.
  • View the full report and summary report on our engagement findings from the series of workshops held in the community in July-August, 2019.
  • Ask us a question, by using the Q&A tab (below)
  • Leave a comment by using the Have your say tab (below)
  • Use the map, to help pinpoint your area of concern - this can be done by using the Local communities tab (below)

UPDATED: May 14, 2020

While COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the global aviation sector and tourism more broadly, we know demand for travel will return and the industry will emerge from the current crisis.

Melbourne Airport remains committed to preparations for the third runway which will support the movement of people and goods for many years to come, stimulating jobs and the Victorian economy.

However, our public exhibition period and community engagement activities for the Draft Major Development Plan will be postponed as we adhere to current strict social distancing measures.

We do look forward to formally engaging with the community at a later date when it is safe to do so and we will announce the new public exhibition period on our website.

Members of our community are still encouraged to contact our community engagement team via phone or email with any comments or questions, and we look forward to meeting in person once social distancing restrictions are lifted.

If you would like to be kept up to date with this project, please register your details to receive updates direct to your inbox.

We’re still here to work with you, so if you have any questions or want to find out more information you can:

  • Contact us via the Get in Touch box (right)
  • Learn more about why Melbourne Airport needs a third runway, the MDP process and the studies that form part of the MDP, by viewing the fact sheet here.
  • View the full report and summary report on our engagement findings from the series of workshops held in the community in July-August, 2019.
  • Ask us a question, by using the Q&A tab (below)
  • Leave a comment by using the Have your say tab (below)
  • Use the map, to help pinpoint your area of concern - this can be done by using the Local communities tab (below)

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I think melbourne need this new runway plus up dates to airport as people are traveling more now my wife travel a lot and and can can see the need for the new runway.So i hope as soon as we get over this virus you can start work on it.

peter webster 4 days ago

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unwisse 23 days ago

I have lived in Essendon for over 30 years and the noise from passenger jets has gradually become a bigger and bigger problem for us. The news of a north south runway has no good news in it for us. We live with a constant sound of rumbling thunder and at times, the house will shake with the noise of a jet. If that is our experience in Essendon (and I live near the Moonee Ponds border - not the freeway) I dread to think of what we will be subjected to in 2025 and I can only imagine what people in Keilor and surrounds must have to deal with. Residents will fight until the death to stop 24 hour operations. No amount of spin will make residents accept that. I'd like to ask the people making the decisions where they live. I'm guessing it's nowhere near Melbourne Airport. My $2m+ house is worth nothing to me if I have to put up with the constant noise of jets. I suggest you allow plenty of time for community feedback and it won't be pretty.

Marian Chandler about 2 months ago

i was meant to go to the workshop last night. I couldn't find any confirmation details anywhere. I sent an email asking for details of it's location, as I'm sure i registered for it, but...no email...no where on the website when I signed in could I find anything about it..Very disappointed

Plane 5 months ago

I certainly object to the orientation of the third runway. I live in Avondale Heights and understand the havoc that is caused to people living along the existing north/south flight path. I have visited friends in the old Walter Burley Griffin Milleara Estate and experienced the horrific noise and vibration caused by jets passing through. This will become even more intolerable if the additional north/south runway is allowed to go ahead, I read the letterbox drop document from late last year with annoyance. It speaks of the economic and other benefits of the project. Surely these benefits will occur regardless of the runway orientation. The document also states that the Airport is unable to answer residents questions at this early stage. I am certain that modelling has been carried out on increased air traffic and the effects it will have on people living along the flight path. My concern is that this is just smoke to allow the airport to push through its plans without providing information to the broader public as to the impact of the proposal.I have previously been involved with my community and have been approached by a number of residents asking what can be done to stop this development.

Jim 6 months ago

The community consultation conducted by Melbourne Airport does not seem to take any feedback on board, instead just informing us about the increased jobs and yes there will be extra noise... Why aren't you investigating the current noise levels in Keilor.. The only noise measurement is near Jackman Avenue well away from the village and current noisy areas... I would happily have one in my garden as it is often unbearable...

DB 7 months ago

I am all for the new runway but I do have concerns as to the flight paths. They have always been very busy over my house from 5ish am to 11ish pm a constant flow over West Footscray, what are the new flight paths if constructed and to how much NOISE will I have to put up with.Regards Sharlene Dyer

Shar 7 months ago

I live in Keilor East and at the moment I hear lots of planes over head. I don't think Keilor should be getting a third runway let someone else bear the brunt of the noise. People want to sleep at night and with more noise going on it wont be easy.

Rocky 7 months ago

There is a Facebook group called "Third Run(a)way Melbourne Airport Community Action Group". Join us to voice your concerns and objections.

Kevin 8 months ago

Totally disagree with the north south option -this is a highly populated area with 100,000s of people, many schools, hospitals and local parks. The east west option is a no brainer as its less congested with people and open paddocks effecting less people overal.

Deex63@gmail.com 8 months ago

A perfect example of private organisation only cares about their profits at the expense of others. They conducted these so-called 'community consultations' but failed to address any of our concerns and objections. They pushed ahead with their plan anyway. The amount of flights over our heads (without any curfew) and the noise pollution will be unthinkable. The Government has a responsibility to protect our health, our children's development and our properties value against corporations like these. Do NOT approve their third runway! Avalon Airport is your third runway!

Kevin 8 months ago

I agree that we need a third runway, but I disagree that a north, south option compared to an east, west would be more or less beneficial . Living in the flight path of north , south and we chose to locate here, another north , south runway would create more noise pollution. Flight would be fling in over more heavily populated areas. If a curfew was put in place between 10.pm and 5.00am may be more acceptable to residence. Build a new airport in the east of Melbourne would be the best long term option.

Gav 8 months ago

Once again a perfect example of the Corporate World getting away with blatant exercise in abuse.To receive a flyer in the mail outlining "YOUR DECISION" is incongruous with the residents' rights.You have failed to meet basic decision processes by:(a) the lack of consultation in your planning process and decision;(b) the apparent lack of concern for the health and well being of the residents who will sustain constant noise reverberation from the aircraft flying over their residences;(c) the apparent lack of foresight in this proposed upgrade vs the use of the Avalon Airport.But while (we) the tax paying minions may be funding this near sighted proposal, it has become quite obvious that the corrupt Andrew's Government and inept Federal Government will push ahead regardless. (

Miffed 8 months ago

Already we are bombarded with low flying aeroplanes with several planes passing overhead, one after the other. We do not want this to increase!! With more than 300,000 residents already impacted by loud droning engines, numerous times a day, think of the health impacts you will be inflicting upon these 300,000 people with more planes flying overhead. And what will this do to the value of our property!? Surely we will see a drop so even if we wanted to move to an area with less noise pollution within similar proximity to the CBD, we won't be able to match the additional cost of a new house. Massive thumbs down for your preferred option for a north-south facing runway.

FDMA 8 months ago

I write once again concerning Melbourne Airport's change in master plan for the third runway. I received correspondence today stating you have changed the direction from the already approved East/West option to a new preferred option North South. Your correspondence did not provide any information who to voice concerns or feedback to? This is really trampling over anyone who disagrees and does not follow the process of consultation. I request your consideration to the thousands of homes and communities this direction change will impact. Not to mention if there was ever an air disaster it makes sense to have aircraft not over homes and residential areas. With Avalon airport announced by the premier of Victoria as now accepting international flights this makes more sense to expand this Airport to cope with future air traffic. I understand this is not the preferred option of Melbourne airport after all you are a private company who have financial targets and clearly no integrity. Once again I urge you to support the thousands of home owners and communities impacted by this proposed change.

Joe 8 months ago

Can you be more specific as to which suburbs are going to affected by this project?

abt808 8 months ago

Melbourne airport is well aware the residential planning im the surrounding suburbs is not consistent with the principles of the national airport safeguarding principles and therefore this airport should not have the privilege of curfew free status and further runway development Melbourne airport needs to explain how nor runways will reduce air and traffic congestionApart from the rail link what other plans does the airport and the dept of infrastructure have to reduce travel time from Frankston to Tullamarine and do those plans include road tolls

frank rivoli 8 months ago

What does this do to the value of homes say in Keilor East with all the increase in noise pollution and peoples lifestyles. A disaster!

flier 8 months ago

Run the third runway, northeast to southwest cutting across. That way 270 degrees will be used and will able to be fair for all, in surrounding suburbs. The fourth runway can be northwest to southeast. That way it doesnt matter which way the wind blows ,you have 360 degrees covered.

Anthony Palmieri 8 months ago

Please don’t ruin the nicest little country town (keilor) Build the east west runway.Keilor is a historical and beautiful Melbourne town. Protect it.

Gerry 8 months ago