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Clearly and understandably, the State Government's patience is wearing thin on Perth Airport's plans to build a third runway to future-proof WA's economy.

The airport's claim that no one predicted the State's unprecedented growth is simply not true.

_The West Australian _raised the issue in 2009 when it was clear to anyone at the airport's coalface that the global financial crisis was going to have minimal impact.

Federal Canning MP Don Randall also voiced concerns, saying that Perth Airport needed an extra runway in 2019 - not 2029.

The airport rejected this, saying Mr Randall "may not have the forecasting resources or the airline projections to which the airport is privy".

Even if every government and industry body erred in their forecasting in 2009, by early 2010 it was crystal clear spectacular growth would continue at Perth Airport.

While the airport insisted it was updating its forecasts, it declined to reveal the details, saying they were commercially sensitive.

While efforts to improve the airport's performance and deal with its unique set of issues are to be praised, it is a case of too little, far too late.

Perth is the world's second most isolated capital and the hub of Australia's economic engine room.

It must have a state-of-the-art, all-weather airport with two parallel runways that can support one of the world's most robust economies.