Canberra Airport

Canberra International Airport Draft Master Plan 2009 for Canberra Airport, has been re-release after the Federal Minister refused to approve the 2008 version.

The JRA supports an 11pm–6am curfew of Canberra Airport and is opposed to a 24 hour airport freight hub. The JRA is a member of Curfew 4 Canberra.

This has become an issue since December 1995 when, at the request of the ACT Government, the flight path was changed and planes were funnelled down the western side of Jerrabomberra. The Instrument Landing System (ILS), or the flight path centre line, goes from Church Creek along the western parts of Jerrabomberra to the end of the runway. With a number of residences currently falling outside the current noise abatement zone, aircraft noise is a concern to some residents as Canberra Airport currently does not have a night-time curfew.

The JRA believes the Canberra Airport is a regional inner city airport servicing the community, and as such, should operate within this framework. The airport's desire to operate as a 24-hour freight hub should be curbed with a legislated curfew or noise abatement, between the hours of 11.00pm and 6.00am. We believe this is the best way to protect the interests of the Canberra-Queanbeyan communities without the intrusion of aircraft noise.

Canberra International Airport Draft Master Plan 2008 for Canberra Airport
The Canberra Airport released their 2008 Preliminary draft Canberra International Airport Master Plan (PDMP) the week after the 2007 Federal election. Submissions closed on 27th February 2008. There wasn’t any good news in the preliminary draft for Jerrabomberra residents’ other than flights 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as the airport becomes a regional/international freight hub with air traffic equivalent to what Gatwick Airport has today. On an annual basis, there will be 122,086 night time movements (every 2 minutes from midnight to 5am), representing 334 planes every night, including nine 747 jumbo’s, nine 777 jumbo’s, ten Airbus A330’s, 55 Boeing 737-800’s, 29 Airbus A320’s and 35 Boeing 757 freights. Night-time noise impact on areas such as apartments at Kingston Foreshore, only four kilometres from the runway, will be unbearable.

It is our view that Canberra Airport will never achieve their 2050 aspirations and should amend their Practical Ultimate Capacity (PUC) ANEF to reflect reality.


Canberra Airport, Preliminary Draft Master Plan 2009 - February 2009
Preliminary Draft Master Plan 2009 [now reduced to 25 MB .pdf] Link to Airports website
Canberra Airport Master Plan Slide Show. [1 MB .pdf]
JRA submission to the 2009 Preliminary Draft Canberra Airport Master Plan


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Canberra Airport, Preliminary Draft Master Plan 2008 [5.2 MB .pdf] - January 2008
JRA submission to the 2008 Preliminary Draft Canberra Airport Master Plan

Federal Minister refuses to approve Canberra Airport Master Plan Ministers Press Release - November 2008

Goulburn Airport Plan and $1billion Southern Distribution Freight Hub proposal - January 2009


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Additional information:
Airservices Australia 3rd Quarter 2008 Noise and Flight Path Monitoring System Report - February 2009
Curfew 4 Canberra, formed in response to the dramatic changes proposed in Canberra Airport’s draft 2008 Master Plan, in particular the unrelenting night time aircraft movements and the impact this will have on the quality of life for all residents of the Canberra region. Its membership draws on the residents associations of Pialligo, Hackett, Watson, North Canberra, Gungahlin and Jerrabomberra. One of their key platforms is the introduction of a night time curfew at Canberra Airport.

Canberra Airport Practical Ultimate Capacity ANEF
The Canberra International Airport (CIA) released their draft Practical Ultimate Capacity ANEF (Australian Noise Exposure Forecast) for Canberra airport for 2050. - link removed from the airports website.
- Letter to JRA Members Letter to JRA members re ANEF.pdf - July 2007
- JRA Submission to Minister: JRA ANEF Submission .pdf - July 2007