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Canberra Airport to extend taxiway

written by WOFA | April 18, 2019

A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER taxiing at Canberra Airport. (Seth Jaworski)
A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER taxiing at Canberra Airport. (Seth Jaworski)

Canberra Airport is extending one of its taxiways to run the full length of the main runway to streamline arrivals and make it safer for aircraft to move about on the airfield.

Currently, the two taxiways for Runway 17/35 only cover part of the airport’s main runway.

Flights landing from the south exit Runway 35 using taxiway A on the far side of the airfield after landing and then cross the runway to reach the terminal.

Canberra Airport said this could require aircraft to wait up to five minutes for other planes to land before being able to cross the runway.

Meanwhile, flights landing from the north on Runway 17 can use taxiway B on the terminal side to reach the airfield.

However, taxiway B is not available for Runway 35 arrivals as it only runs two-thirds of the length of the runway, as the diagram below from the Airservices Australia website showed.

Canberra Airport’s runways and taxiways from Airservices Australia’s aeronautical information package. (Airservices)

The extension will extend taxiway B to run the entire length of the main Runway 17/35 and eliminate the need to cross the runway via taxiway A.


Work has begun identifying existing underground infrastructure that could potentially be impacted by the extension, Canberra Airport said on Wednesday.

The project, which has been contracted mainly to Canberra companies, would employ 80 workers and was expected to take between 12-18 months.

The work would be completed in the daytime and occasionally at night after the last flights had landed.

A supplied image of where the new taxiway will be located. (Canberra Airport)
A supplied image of where the new taxiway will be located. (Canberra Airport)

Canberra Airport head of aviation Michael Thomson said the extension would save passengers time.

Further, it would also create a more valuable national infrastructure for the city, with the airport being able to handle more freight and wide-body aircraft, as well as provide safer aircraft movements.

“Canberra Airport is recognised by the ACT and NSW Governments as a global gateway to our international city and the region,” Thomson said in a statement.

“Planes continue to get bigger and passengers are increasingly time poor and need more efficient travel. This will allow planes to vacate our runway more quickly and get visitors to our nation’s capital on their way.”

In 2013, the old airport terminal was demolished and replaced by a new building designed to handle up to eight million passengers a year.

An aerial view of Canberra Airport. (Seth Jaworski)
An aerial view of Canberra Airport. (Seth Jaworski)


  • Geoff


    The Master plan had this earmarked at some stage. With the daily QR 777-300ER’s and SQ -200ER’s having to execute 180 degree turns at the 17 THR, the need to upgrade has become more urgent. Tough on undercarriages.

    Well done to CBR though, the extra aeronautical revenue has enabled this work to be brought forward.

    • Dan


      SQ haven’t operated a 200ER since May 2018 when they dropped the CBR-WLG service. They’ve operated a 777-300ER daily for over a year now.

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