Ground has been broken on Taxiway Zulu, one of the biggest upgrade projects for the Melbourne Airport since it opened in 1970.
A new taxiway worth $300 million will create hundreds of construction jobs over the life of the three-and-a-half-year project.
Taxiway Zulu, being built by Fulton Hogan, aims to improve the efficiency of movements on the ground and support the growth of the airport’s international connectivity.
Construction will include the development of more than 250,000 square metres of new taxiway pavement. The project has been planned to be completed without any significant interruptions to the bust airport’s daily flights.
Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation David Hall said the project is about transforming the travel experience for the airport’s passengers.
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“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,” Hall said.
Duncan Gibb, Fulton Hogan CEO said the company is passionate about designing a new future for Melbourne Airport while 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.”
When completed, the parallel taxiways in the north of the airfield will support wide-body aircraft movements in both the east-west and north-south directions.
“We are delighted to be supporting Melbourne Airport in the delivery of this challenging airfield development that unlocks the Airport’s growth potential,” DCWC’s Project Management Director John O’Callaghan said.