2019 Changes

This page provides a summary of the flight path and airspace changes we implemented in 2019.

To learn more about each change click on the title of the change below or access the document library on the right.

For questions about the below changes and/or matters relating to current aircraft operations, please contact our Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS).

To learn more about each change click on the title of the change below or access the document library on the right.

For questions about the below changes and/or matters relating to current aircraft operations, please contact our Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS).

This page provides a summary of the flight path and airspace changes we implemented in 2019.

  • Melbourne Airport - Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes

    by Caddaye Suzanne,

    19 February 2020

    Since 1 November 2019 approximately 10.98% (or 2,766 aircraft arrivals) of arrivals to Melbourne Airport have used the mode (up to and including 22 January 2020). The majority of these have been jet aircraft arrivals (2,498), with some turboprop arrivals (268).

    As the new mode and flight path changes are designed for use during certain weather conditions, communities can expect to continue to see increased use of the mode and flight paths during warmer months, mainly in the afternoons and evenings.

    More information on the change, including community specific fact sheets and infographic posters, are available below under the resources section.

    22 March 2019

    Feedback has now closed. For a summary of the feedback received on this change please see Summary of Feedback – Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes under Resources.

    The proposal will proceed to implementation on 20 June 2019.


    28 February 2019

    Fact Sheets have been updated to clarify domestic and international aircraft usage of the proposed new runway mode.


    25 February 2019

    Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes

    Airservices is proposing changes to how some runways (Runway 09 and Runway 16) are used for arrivals to Melbourne Airport, when certain wind conditions exist.

    This is an Airservices initiated change to improve safety and efficiency at Melbourne Airport and is not part of the Melbourne Airport Runway Development Program.

    Previous information identified that residents of Wollert may notice an increase in flights on existing flight paths when Runway 09 is in use. Further analysis of the proposed flight paths has revealed that this is not expected to be the case.

    When will this change occur?

    Implementation of the proposed change is planned for June 2019 (previously May 2019).

    Why are the changes necessary?

    The proposed changes will reduce delays to aircraft and passengers, and reduce the workload for air traffic controllers and pilots, particularly when there is holding in the air for arriving traffic into Melbourne. The proposed changes will improve safety and efficiency of operations at Melbourne Airport.

    What is going to change?

    Flights land and take off from different runways depending on wind, weather, operational requirements, emergencies and noise management.

    Currently at Melbourne Airport, during periods of south/south easterly winds, the north-south runway (Runway 16) is used for both arrivals and departures. This is an example of what is called a runway ‘mode’. Runway modes are described in the Noise Abatement Procedures (NAPs) for Melbourne Airport.

    During busy periods at Melbourne Airport, this existing runway mode may result in delays to flights on the ground and in the air, which can have flow-on impacts across the whole air traffic network.

    Airservices is proposing to add a new runway mode to the NAPs to be used when there are south/south easterly winds.

    In order for aircraft to land safely and efficiently on Runway 09, Airservices will also need to change some arrival flight paths to the north and northwest of Melbourne Airport. This will ensure that arriving aircraft remain separated from departing aircraft and can approach the airport in an efficient manner. These changes have been designed to be as close to existing flight paths as possible.

    Existing runway modes and flight paths will continue to be used at Melbourne Airport, in other wind conditions.

    The proposed new runway mode, with Runway 09 for arrivals, will not be used between 11:00pm-6:00am. However Runway 09 may be used during these times when it is the only suitable runway for operational reasons.

    Where can I get more information?

    For more information please see the Resources section below.

    Airservices will be hosting ‘drop in’ consultation sessions with potentially affected communities between 7 and 9 March 2019:

    Thursday 7 March 2019, 12:00pm to 6:00pm
    Meeting Room 3
    Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn
    75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn

    Friday 8 March 2019, 12:00pm to 6:00pm
    Gisborne Community Centre
    Hamilton St, Gisborne

    Saturday 9 March 2019, 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Richards Training Room, Level 1
    Melton Library and Learning Hub
    31 McKenzie Street, Melton

    HOW CAN I HAVE MY SAY?

    Feedback can be provided:

    • In person at one of our consultation sessions
    • Via online form at: https://feedback.emsbk.com/asa
    • Mail to: Feedback c/o Noise Complaints and Information Service, PO BOX 211 Mascot NSW 1460

    For general information on flight path changes, contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on:

    • 1800 802 584 (free call)
    • 131 450 (interpreter service)

    Consultation commenced on 15 January 2019. The feedback period has been extended and now closes on 12 March 2019 (previously 26 February 2019).


    Previous Updates

    15 January 2018

    Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes

    Airservices proposes to implement a mode change to the Melbourne Airport Noise Abatement Procedures (NAPs) in April 2019.

    The proposed changes will ensure that airborne and ground delays are minimised during peak periods, by implementing a new mode of operation. This new mode will allow arriving aircraft to land on the east-west runway (Runway 09) and departing aircraft to track south on the north-south runway (Runway 16).

    This new mode will be used when there are south or south easterly winds, especially during summer months.

    The new mode will also require changes to flight paths so that Runway 09 can be used for arrivals.

    For more information please see the Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes Fact Sheet under Resources.

    Airservices will conduct on-site consultation sessions with affected communities in February.
    Details of these sessions will be available soon.

    Prior to the on-site consultation sessions, we will publish community specific fact sheets.

    Feedback closes on 26 February 2019.


    Resources

    Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes – Summary of Feedback (March 2019)

    Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes – Poster Set – March 2019

    Fact Sheet – Melbourne RWY0916 Northern Community Specific (February 2019, updated)

    Melbourne RWY0916 Western Community Specific Fact Sheet (February 2019, updated)

    Fact Sheet – Melbourne RWY0916 NorthWestern Community Specific (February 2019, updated)

    Fact Sheet – Melbourne RWY0916 Northern Community Specific (February 2019)

    Fact Sheet – Melbourne RWY0916 Western Community Specific (February 2019)

    Fact Sheet – Melbourne RWY0916 NorthWestern Community Specific (February 2019)

    Fact Sheet – Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes (March 2019)

    Fact Sheet – Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes (February 2019 updated)

    Fact Sheet – Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes (February 2019)

    Fact Sheet – Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes (15 January 2019)

  • Merimbula Airport - Airspace Change

    by Caddaye Suzanne,

    Proposed changes to approach procedures at Merimbula Airport

    14 June 2019

    Feedback has now closed. No community feedback was received on the proposal. The flight path change will proceed to implementation in August 2019.

    For a summary of the activities undertaken for this change please see Merimbula Airport Summary of Feedback – June 2019 under resources.


    18 April 2019

    When will this change occur?

    Airservices is proposing changes to approach procedures for aircraft arriving to Merimbula Airport from August 2019.

    Why are the changes necessary?

    Since 2007, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has encouraged its members to implement approach procedures with vertical (straight up and down) guidance to improve safety for aircraft arriving to and landing at airports.

    One way to do this is to make it possible for aircraft to use Baro-VNAV technology.

    Baro-VNAV is a technology available on most modern aircraft. It allows aircraft to land more smoothly, without using ground based navigation equipment. It also reduces the workload for pilots and decreases their reliance on visual assessments, making landing safer.

    The introduction of Baro-NAV technology requires a number of changes to existing arrival procedures at Merimbula Airport.

    What is going to change?

    For more information on the changes please see the Fact Sheet – Changes to approach procedures at Merimbula Airport (April 2019) under Resources.

    How can I get more information?

    For general information on flight path changes, contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on:

    • 1800 802 584 (free call)
    • 131 450 (interpreter service)

    Feedback can be provided:

    Feedback closes on 30 May 2019.

    Resources

    Merimbula Airport Summary of Feedback – June 2019

    Fact Sheet – Changes to approach procedures at Merimbula Airport (April 2019)

  • Olympic Dam Airport - Changes to Approach Procedures

    by Caddaye Suzanne,

    Changes to approach procedures at Olympic Dam Airport

    Airservices implemented these changes in October 2019.


    30 April 2019

    When will this change occur?

    Airservices will make changes to some approach procedures for aircraft arriving to Olympic Dam Airport from August 2019.

    Why are the changes necessary?

    Since 2007, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has encouraged its members to implement approach procedures with vertical (straight up and down) guidance to improve safety for aircraft arriving to and landing at airports.

    One way to do this is to make it possible for aircraft to use Baro-VNAV technology.

    Baro-VNAV is a technology available on most modern aircraft. It allows aircraft to land more smoothly, without using ground based navigation equipment. It also reduces the workload for pilots and decreases their reliance on visual assessments, making landing safer.

    The introduction of Baro-NAV technology requires minor changes to existing arrival procedures at Olympic Dam Airport.

    What is going to change?

    For more information on the changes please see the Fact Sheet – Olympic Dam Changes to Approach Procedures (April 2019) under Resources.

    How can I get more information?

    For general information on flight path changes, contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on:

    • 1800 802 584 (free call)
    • 131 450 (interpreter service)

    General feedback can be provided:

    Resources

    Fact Sheet – Olympic Dam Changes to Approach Procedures (April 2019)

  • Townsville Airport - Implementation of SIDS and STARS

    by Caddaye Suzanne,

    18 December 2018

    Airservices conducted community consultation on the proposed implementation of Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs) and Standard Instrument Arrivals (STARs) at Townsville Airport between 26 October 2018 and 7 December 2018.

    No community feedback was received on the proposal.

    The proposal will proceed to implementation on 23 May 2019.

    Please refer to the fact sheet Townsville Airport Implementation of SIDS and STARS for more information on this change.

    Previous updates

    23 November 2018

    Airservices conducted community consultation on the proposed changes to the satellite-based area navigation approach (RNAV) for Runway 01 at Townsville between 5 October 2018 and 30 October 2018.

    No community feedback was received on the proposed change.

    Airservices implemented this change on the 8 November 2018.

    Please refer to the fact sheet Townsville Traffic Management Plan RWY 01 RNAV for more information on this change.

    26 October 2018
    Townsville Airport Traffic Management Plan – Final Stage Implementation of SIDs and STARs

    Airservices and the Department of Defence are implementing changes to improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations for arriving and departing flights at Townsville Airport.

    Since May 2017 this has included high altitude flight path changes, changes to traffic management procedures, and re-aligning the satellite-based area navigation approach (RNAV) to Runway 19 for aircraft landing at the airport when approaching from the north.

    The final stage of the Traffic Management Plan provides predictable and segregated flight paths that connect aircraft from the airport to and from high level routes. This component is the proposed implementation of Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs) and Standard Instrument Arrivals (STARs).

    For more information please refer to the fact sheet Townsville Airport Implementation of SIDS and STARS

    For more information on the Runway 01 RNAV approaches for Townsville Airport please refer to the fact sheet Townsville Traffic Management Plan RWY 01 RNAV

    5 October 2018
    Townsville Airport Traffic Management Plan – Final Stage Runway 01 RNAV approaches May 2017

    Airservices and the Department of Defence are implementing changes to improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations for arriving and departing flights at Townsville Airport.

    These changes will ensure aircraft flying in and out of Townsville airport are on more predictable and segregated flight paths that can be better managed by aircraft flight management systems, and reducing pilot and air traffic control workload.

    Since May 2017 this has included high level flight path changes, changes to traffic management procedures and realigning the satellite-based area navigation approach (RNAV) to Runway 19, for aircraft landing at the airport when approaching from the north.

    The satellite-based area navigation approach to Runway 01, for aircraft landing at the airport when approaching from the south, is now going to be updated to utilise the latest navigation technology.

    For more information please see the Townsville Traffic Management Plan RWY 01 RNAV factsheet under Downloads.

    May 2017
    Airservices and RAAF Townsville are realigning the satellite based navigation approach to Runway 19 to improve safety and improve the landing capability of aircraft. The new flight path will move approximately 2km west of Horseshoe Bay residential area and reduce overall noise impacts relative to the existing flight path.

    There are a small number of residents located to the west of Horseshoe Bay who may notice an increase in noise levels and a change in aircraft tracking.

    Downloads