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BAC is currently preparing detailed design and tender documentation for the first phase of construction of the New Parallel Runway project. Phase One construction is expected to commence in early 2012 and be complete by 2014. Essentially, Phase One of the project involves the clearing, filling and compaction of the site to provide a stable platform on which to construct the runway and taxiway pavements in the next construction phase programmed to commence in 2018 and to be operational by late 2020.

The four year time delay between Phase One and Phase Two is to allow the poor quality soils to adequately settle to ensure the stability of the high strength pavement required for aircraft. In addition to preparing the land platform, Phase One works includes construction of major new drainage, services and access for the site. Environmental management is an extremely important part of this phase of construction and BAC is also preparing a Project Environmental Management System to ensure construction impacts are minimised through this phase.

BAC established the Aviation Industry Working Group (AIWG) to consider the implications that would flow from differing runway lengths on potential capital cost savings, airspace management and the proposed parallel runway operating plan.

The aim of the group was to determine the optimal outcome for the industry overall.

The AIWG first met in October 2009 and then regularly up to June 2010 with representatives from BAC, major airlines including the Qantas Group, Virgin Group, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and a number of Australian Government agencies. The AIWG concluded that the runway should be built to an initial length of 3,300m and width of 60m (Code F), whilst also endorsing that the Draft Airspace Operating Plan, included in the Environmental Impact Statement and Major Development Plan, is the best in terms of operational costs and runway capacity.

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