Ground broken for Melbourne Airport record investment

The official ground breaking ceremony has taken place to mark the commencement of works on ‘Taxiway Zulu’, the largest airfield investment since Melbourne Airport’s opening.

Fulton Hogan won the contract in early 2019 for the construction of the new taxiway network, worth $300 million.

The construction project will see the development of more than 250,000 square metres of new taxiway pavement.

Works are designed to be completed without significant interruption to any of the airports daily flights.

Fulton Hogan CEO, Duncan Gibb said the company is passionate about designing Melbourne Airport’s future, while also setting a benchmark for sustainable infrastructure.

“Melbourne Airport has ambitious plans for its future and we are proud to be selected to help deliver their inspirational vision.”

The investment is the largest single airfield investment since the airport opened in 1970 and will provide valuable additional space for aircraft traffic.

The improvements aim to increase efficiency of movement on the ground alongside supporting the growth of Melbourne’s international connectivity.

Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation David Hall said it is not just about breaking ground on a huge investment, it’s about transforming the travel experience for passengers.

“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 taxiway network will result in parallel taxiways in the north of the airfield in supporting wide-body aircraft movements in both the east-west and north-south directions.

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