The COVID 19 public health emergency has hit global aviation particularly hard. Australian aviation has not been immune.
As a result, airlines have announced major reductions in capacity and, with hundreds of aircraft now grounded, space at airports, including at Sydney Airport, must be found to securely park them.
At the same time, Sydney Airport must also be kept operational for those airlines still flying - be they for the continued movement of essential workers, medical supplies and agricultural exports - and ensure security outcomes are maximised.
The only viable solution is to temporarily use sections of the east-west runway to securely park grounded aircraft, while keeping the parallel north-south runways available for continued operations.
This doubles the number of aircraft that can be parked at Sydney Airport, with the east-west runway able to accommodate up to 50 aircraft.
The announcement made by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, the Hon. Michael McCormack, MP, can be read here.
The runway will be available for aircraft parking from 22 April 2020.
Aircraft will be moved back to standard parking bays as soon as is practicable, thereby allowing the east-west runway to be reopened.
Frequently Asked Questions about the runway closure can be found here Eastwest runway FAQ.
For further information, contact Sydney Airport’s Special Adviser Government and Community Relations, Mr Ted Plummer, by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (02) 9667 6182.