Sunshine Coast Airport Airspace Changes Runway 13/31

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Sunshine Coast Council led the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project and has delivered the new runway (Runway 13/31). The new runway and associated flight paths became operational on 14 June 2020.

These flight paths will change the way aircraft operate as they arrive and depart from Sunshine Coast Airport.

For more information on flight paths and aircraft operations, view our Fact Sheets here. Following community feedback, we have included both the minimum and average heights for departures, as heights for departures can vary depending on aircraft type. Heights for arriving aircraft continue to be presented as minimum heights, as heights for arrivals are less varied.

You can also search your address in the Interactive Map here, which presents the arrival and departure flight paths to both ends of the runway.

We have provided FAQs here.

Where can I access more information?

For information on current aircraft movements and flight paths, historical runway utilisation or monthly complaint reports for the Sunshine Coast, visit the Airservices website here (external site).

For information on aircraft noise, visit the Aircraft Noise Information Tool on the Sunshine Coast Airport website here (external site).

For more information on the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project, visit the Sunshine Coast Council website here (external site).

Sunshine Coast Council led the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project and has delivered the new runway (Runway 13/31). The new runway and associated flight paths became operational on 14 June 2020.

These flight paths will change the way aircraft operate as they arrive and depart from Sunshine Coast Airport.

For more information on flight paths and aircraft operations, view our Fact Sheets here. Following community feedback, we have included both the minimum and average heights for departures, as heights for departures can vary depending on aircraft type. Heights for arriving aircraft continue to be presented as minimum heights, as heights for arrivals are less varied.

You can also search your address in the Interactive Map here, which presents the arrival and departure flight paths to both ends of the runway.

We have provided FAQs here.

Where can I access more information?

For information on current aircraft movements and flight paths, historical runway utilisation or monthly complaint reports for the Sunshine Coast, visit the Airservices website here (external site).

For information on aircraft noise, visit the Aircraft Noise Information Tool on the Sunshine Coast Airport website here (external site).

For more information on the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project, visit the Sunshine Coast Council website here (external site).

  • Community Suggested Alternatives – Update

    Airservices would like to thank the Sunshine Coast community for your interest and participation in the PIR to date.

    We received a total of 100 community suggested flight path alternatives and a total of 81 community suggested noise abatement procedure submissions. We had anticipated providing a report on the submissions and our assessment in April or May 2022. However, due to the high number of submissions and the detail contained within many of them, we are still completing our review. We will provide an update on the proposed timing of the report and further engagement in June 2022.

    We thank you for your patience as we work through your submissions.

  • Community Suggested Alternatives - submission period closed

    Community Suggested Alternatives Submissions

    The submission period for Community Suggested Alternatives is now closed. We note that we continued to received submissions this week past the 9 January 2022 cut off period. All submissions received have been accepted and will be reviewed over the next few months.

    Airservices would like to thank the community for their interest and participation in the PIR process. We will continue to update the community on the progress of the assessments on this page as well as through our newsletters.

  • Sunshine Coast PIR - FAQ Updated

    Following on from some questions submitted during the November community Information session, we have updated the FAQs for the Sunshine Coast PIR to cover information on:

    • Population overflown by the RWY13 RNP and RNAV arrival.
    • Ambient noise levels recorded on temporary noise monitors.

    This information and answers to other common questions can be found here.

  • Sunshine Coast Community Information Session - Video and previously submitted community suggestions

    Video recording

    We have encountered an unexpected technical error with the recording of the meeting on the 18th. Our team is working to identify a solution and we will provide an update soon.

    Previously submitted community suggestions

    During the 2019 engagement on the final flight path design for Sunshine Coast Airport’s new runway, nine suggestions were received from the community for alternative flight path operations. The assessment of these options was documented in the Sunshine Coast Airspace and Flight Path Changes – Proposed Final Design and Consideration of Feedback – July 2019 which is available on this site. You can access the document here.

    Pages 28 to 34 describe each of the suggestions and the assessment outcome.

    In most cases, the suggestions could not be progressed because they were not contained within the approved EIS corridor, which at the time the design was constrained by. Several however were also identified as increasing track miles and thus fuel burn and emissions, not complying with industry regulations or design standards, or creating safety issues with aircraft flying closer to mountainous areas.

    One option was deemed feasible and was noted future consideration:

    • Arriving aircraft to Runway 13 – adjusted northern approach to the RNAV (page 30).

    We will revisit each of these options as part of the PIR given we are no longer constrained by the approved EIS corridor, however our required safety, compliance and feasibility considerations will still apply.

  • Sunshine Coast Community Information Session Completed

    Thank you to all community members who joined in the community information session for community suggested flight path alternatives. A copy of the presentation can be found here.

    Community suggested alternatives can still be submitted until Friday 24 December 2021 via our online survey.

    The survey will take you through a series of questions to provide the required information. You will be able to attach files and images to the survey.

  • Sunshine Coast Community Information Session - Community Suggested Flight Plath Alternatives

    Session Details

    Date: Thursday 18 November 2021

    Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Venue: Maroochy RSL - 105 Memorial Ave, Maroochydore, QLD

    Purpose of the Session

    The session will provide an opportunity for Airservices to answer questions from the community about the flight path design considerations and constraints.

    Registration for Attendance

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland affecting the number of people allowed in indoor venues, and to provide a meaningful opportunity for discussion between Airservices and the community, sessions are limited to 50 guests and all attendees must RSVP.

    To join our session or to ask a question, please complete the form here. Registrations will close on Tuesday 16 November. Registrants will be sent email confirmation prior to the session.


  • Sunshine Coast Airport - Community Suggested Alternatives

    Community Suggested Alternatives

    As part of the PIR we are accepting community suggested alternatives for flight paths .

    We are providing the below resources to assist community members in the development of these alternatives.

    1. Community Suggested Alternatives Fact Sheet - This Fact Sheet describes the design constraints, considerations and opportunities for suggestions, and our assessment methodology for community suggested alternatives. You can access this Fact Sheet here.
    2. Flight Path Design Principles - Community Suggested Alternatives will be considered with reference to Airservices Flight Path Design Principles
    3. Community meeting - We will hold a community session to ask questions about the flight path design considerations and constraints. A date for the community session will be provided soon.

    Submitting Community Suggested Alternatives

    Community suggested alternatives can be submitted from Monday 11 October 2021 to Friday 24 December 2021. (UPDATE: Submission period extended to 9 January 2022)

    To submit a suggestion complete our online survey.

    The survey will take you through a series of questions to provide the required information. You will be able to attach files and images to the survey.

  • Short-Term Noise Monitoring Commences at Sunshine Coast Airport

    Installation of Short-Term Noise Monitors

    Thank you to all community members who submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) to host a short-term noise monitor at their property. We received multiple EOIs from a range of locations, and have now installed short-term noise monitors at three of these locations.

    The short-term noise monitors are installed at:

    • Yandina Creek
    • Eumundi / Cooroy Mountain
    • Mudjimba

    The data from these noise monitors is available on WebTrak from COB Friday 1 October 2021 however there will be times during the first few days where the monitors will be offline to enable calibration.

    These monitors will remain in place for approximately three months before being moved to other zones identified in the Short Term Noise Monitoring Site Feasibility Assessment.

  • Sunshine Coast Airport NAPs submissions period closed

    The submissions period for community suggested changes to the NAPs closed 26 September 2021.

    Thank you to all community members who submitted a suggestion. If we have any questions about your suggestion/s, we will contact you directly.

    We will prepare a report on our assessment of all suggested alternatives and we will make this available in draft for the community to review and seek clarification prior to publication of the final report.

    Please note that the suitability of NAPs is dependent on a range of factors, including the airports physical lay-out and surroundings, the airport and the airspace capacity, particularly during high demand periods. Any changes to aircraft movements or community noise impacts may require further assessment and consultation.

  • 5 August Webex Meeting Q&As and NAP submission extension

    Please see the response document for the questions raised during the Webex.

    A recording of the Webex is available in the Videos section.

    We apologise for the time it has take to provide the responses from the Webex meeting question, however many required detailed consideration to ensure we provided a full and accurate response.

    NAP submission extension

    We are extending the deadline for submissions on NAPs to 26 September 2021 so the responses to the Webex questions can be considered in forming submissions. If you have already made a submission and the responses to the Webex questions have implications for the submission, we are happy to receive subsequent or updated submissions

    Please note, we are not expecting community members to design a fully compliant NAP or other operational suggestion, but to simply identify areas for possible concern or improvement and we can then consider potential solutions.


Page last updated: 25 May 2022, 11:34 AM