The 2163m long cross runway, which was designated in 1952 and runs east to south-west, will be closed until March 2014 while two thirds of it is reconstructed and overlaid with a new asphalt surface.
‘Just as roads and freeways require asphalt resurfacing and repairs, so do runways,’ Perth Airport executive general manager Fiona Lander said.
‘It is necessary to undertake the works on the cross runway to ensure the safe operation of aircraft and to minimise potential disruptions to flights.’
Residents in suburbs north and south of the airport close to the main runway’s flight path may notice a slight increase in the number of flights over their areas as it takes all arrivals and departures while the cross runway is closed.
‘The cross runway is only used for arrivals and departures approximately 15 per cent of the time, and the efficient use of the main runway combined with the March 2013 introduction of the Schedule Co-ordination System will mean that the works do not cause any delays to flights’ Ms Lander said.
Ms Lander said the runway works would have no impact on roads surrounding the airport.