Brisbane Airport (BNE), located just 12km from Brisbane’s CBD, has direct connections to 28 international destinations and operates 24 hours a day. Airtrain connects the airport’s modern domestic and international terminals to the Brisbane CBD via a high-frequency rail service, while the new Airport Link tunnel connects BNE to the CBD by road, reducing travel time by up to 88 per cent in peak hour (Source: AirportlinkM7, 2014).
International and domestic passenger numbers through BNE increased by more than 480,000 in 2013-14 to exceed 21.8 million, representing a 2.2 per cent increase on the previous year. The fastest rate of growth in international numbers for several years was seen with an additional 267,700 international travellers translating to a 6 per cent increase on the previous year. Domestic passenger growth, while slower than in previous years, was still positive at 1.3 per cent, or more than 211,000 additional travellers (Source: Asia-Pacific Airports, 2014).
BNE is owned and operated by Brisbane Airport Corporation Limited (BAC), a consortium of major Australian and international organisations (including Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Port of Brisbane Corporation), and significant institutional investors. BAC’s close ties with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one of the world’s most modern and efficient airports, helps ensure world-class standards in owning, developing and operating a global airport city of the future. In 2014, BNE was ranked 23rd out of the world’s top 100 airports (Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards, 2014).
It also retained its ranking of third for global airports servicing from 20-30 million passengers, airports in Australia/Pacific and airport staff Australia/Pacific. BNE has also been ranked first in Australia for quality of service 10 years in a row (Source: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Survey, 2014).
BNE is a major commercial and industrial district, consisting of nine integrated precincts that together provide a 970ha, 24-hour global trade and commerce centre. BNE also serves an important role as a freight transport hub and in 2013/14, total international air cargo exports through BNE increased by 12 per cent.
Covering 2700ha, BNE has the largest land area of any Australian capital city airport. With 1000ha of developable land, BNE offers significant future growth capacity. Under successive master plans, a vision is being realised to transform a city airport into an airport city, and to ensure that the significant growth this entails is achieved in a sustainable way.
The 2014 Master Plan has a 20-year planning horizon and will build on previous master plans to realise BAC’s vision of creating an employment and industry hub by structuring the airport’s significant land assets for a range of compatible uses.
Over the next 10 years, BAC is investing more than $2.5 billion in airport infrastructure, including a new runway, redevelopment of the international terminal, multiple airfield upgrades, access road upgrades, and a number of new commercial buildings and facilities (Source: BAC, 2014).
BAC recently opened the final piece of the domestic terminal upgrade, expanded the airport’s apron and taxiway network and started early works on the new parallel runway. All of this activity, along with numerous other developments, demonstrates that BNE is planning for the future, investing in Queensland, and contributing to one of Australia’s fastest-growing economies.
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