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Brisbane Airport's New Parallel Runway

The NPR will be 3.3km long, 60m wide, located 2km west of and parallel to the existing runway. More than 12km of taxiways, navigational aids, airfield infrastructure and hundreds of hectares of airfield landscaping


New Parallel Runway: Key Facts

  • The runway will deliver a regional economic benefit of around $5 billion per year by 2035
  • 2,700 jobs will be created at peak construction 
  • 7,800 jobs will be created for the Brisbane/Moreton region by 2035 due to additional capacity 
  • The runway will allow the same level of capacity as Hong Kong and Singapore airports
  • The new runway will give Brisbane the best runway system in Australia
  • 13 million cubic metres of sand will be laid on site, to compress and consolidate the soft soils and form a stable platform on which to build the new runway
  • Flights are forecast to grow from 227,000 in 2014/15 to over 360,000 by 2035
  • Tourism facilitated by the airport has been quantified at $3.1 billion in the FY13. This is estimated to grow to a national contribution of $7.6 billion by 2033-34
  • Project finshed by 2020


2014 - 2020 Construction Phase - Click here to see all the fact sheets on the project.


The project in photos:


Construction Phases:

  1. Site preparation (August 2012- mid 2013) - includes clearing, construction of access roads, significant drainage works and modifications to the cross runway system that necessitated its temporary closure.
  2. Dredging and reclamation works (2013-2018) – includes clearing the remainder of the site, sand extraction from Moreton Bay, piling sand on the site and a four year ground settlement period.
  3. Construction of the pavements and airfield (2017 - 2020) - includes pushing off the excess sand surcharge, constructing pavements and airfield, then commissioning and commencing operations.


NPR Employment Opportunities 
How many jobs are being created?

During the building of the new runway it is anticipated that around 2,700 jobs will be created during peak construction. Longer term, the new runway will help generate an additional 7,800 jobs for the Brisbane/Moreton region by 2035.

How can I apply for a job on the new runway project?

Recruitment for job opportunities related to the construction of the new runway will be undertaken solely by the contractors appointed. BAC has announced Jan De Nul (Australia) Pty Ltd will undertake the dredging and reclamation works, which are scheduled to start in coming weeks. Contact for further information about any Jan De Nul vacancies.  


Recruitment by BAC is generally undertaken by recruiters with these positions advertised on


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