A parallel taxiway is a driveway for aircraft that runs alongside the runway, allowing aircraft to position themselves on the runway for take-off, or exit the runway on landing, without taxiing and maneuvering on the runway itself. The taxiway reduces the occupancy time of aircraft on a runway and, as a result, improves airport safety, serviceability, accessibility and efficiency.
Our refurbishment project will provide a 1200m code A, parallel taxiway at Port Macquarie Airport and will also include the resurfacing of existing General Aviation taxiways and aprons. These upgrades are a priority and will be delivered together to ensure the best efficiency and service delivery for our Airport and its customers.
The project was assessed under DA2021-175 for Staged Airport Upgrades, which included approval for the stage one 1200m code A taxiway, the future full-length, code C parallel taxiway, as well as ancillary approval for future clearing of vegetation encroaching the OLS and was approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel in September 2021. The project is partially funded by a $3.53 million Federal Government grant under the Regional Airport Program, round 1. Construction commences mid 2022 and is expected to be completed by April 2023.
Taxiway layout, including temporary taxiway
The GA pavement refurbishment will include reshaping and asphalt resurfacing of TWY’s C1, C2, C3, F and apron GA02 shown in red below. The coordination between the two projects will be determined by the major contractor, but will be managed in stages.
Closures of taxiways and aprons will be kept to a minimum and will not disrupt regular public transport (e.g. QantasLink, Rex and FlyPelican) flights operating out of the terminal.
General Aviation taxiways and aprons to be refurbished