Runway resurfacing

Maintaining Sydney Airport’s runways and taxiways to a high standard is one important ways we ensure the airport operates safely. Just like motorways, highways and other roads, runways require essential maintenance to prevent damage from occurring and potholes from forming.

In late 2019, Sydney Airport began resurfacing around seven kilometres of the main north-south and east-west runways and associated taxiways.

The project unavoidably resulted in emergency Air Ambulance and a limited number of small overnight freight flights operating from the parallel north-south runway between 11pm and 6am, rather than from the main north-south runway.

Stage 1 of the project is now complete.

Flights between 11pm and 6am have now resumed on the main north-south runway, which is further away from residential areas. As a result of the public health emergency, there has been a significant reduction in the number of flights to and from Sydney Airport at other times, which are now at historically low levels.

The next stage of this project is currently planned to commence in October 2020 and is subject to Commonwealth approval.

Further information

Frequently Asked Questions and answers about runway resurfacing can be found here.

Contact: Mr Ted Plummer

Phone: (02) 9667 6182

Email: runwaysafety@syd.com.au