Mining Boom Set To Test Perth Airport Again

Chaos is the only way to describe Perth Airport in 2012 at the height of the last resources construction boom.

Delays of more than an hour were common and up to three planes in holding patterns to the north, east and west of Perth was a regular occurrence.

At times, international flights were diverted to Adelaide because the airport was utterly overwhelmed.

Fast forward and we have the start of another boom — a $75 billion one — but we have not built the extra runway needed and the airport itself is still dysfunctional because Qantas is on one side and all other major airlines are on the other.