Brisbane Airport (BNE/YBBN)

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Brisbane city

Brisbane, host of the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit, is characterised by its outdoor lifestyle, warm and welcoming multicultural population, and world class facilities and events. Brisbane is the business, cultural and educational centre of the state of Queensland, and the gateway to two of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations – the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

  • Capital and business centre of the state of Queensland
  • In close proximity to the tourism attractions in South-East Queensland, including the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast
  • Scheduling flexibility because of 24/7 operations
  • Low LCC competition
  • Wealthy and fast growing outbound market
  • 25% of all living within BNE catchment were born overseas
  • Excellent domestic network providing access to all of Australia and the best network into New Zealand and the Pacific.
  • Closer than any other capital airport to North Asia and USA
  • Excellent customer service: rated number one in Australia for the last 11 years by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
  • Best Airport (Australia/Pacific) 2016 Skytrax Awards
  • Host Airport of Routes Asia 2018


Marketing/and other support

Brisbane Airport is the premier gateway to Queensland and Australia.  Operational in its current location since 1988, Brisbane Airport is the largest in Australia by land size, the second busiest capital city airport in Australia by aircraft movements, and the third largest airport in Australia by passenger numbers.

Brisbane Airport is the premier gateway to Queensland and Australia. Operational in its current location since 1988, Brisbane Airport is the largest in Australia by land size, the second busiest capital city airport in Australia by aircraft movements, and the third largest airport in Australia by passenger numbers.

  • Brisbane Airport works in conjunction with new airline partners to develop cooperative marketing campaigns aimed at ensuring a successful route launch.  Ongoing support to maintain and increase load factors is also offered.
  • Marketing campaigns utilise either airline marketing incentive payments or are jointly funded by BNE, the airline, and government/tourism industry partners.
  • In addition to external marketing programs, advertising assets on airport are used to raise awareness of route launches, increases in capacity and additional services.
  • Brisbane Airport offers airport tours, city and region familiarisations and introductions to local government, industry, business/chambers of commerce, press
  • The Aviation Business Development team has excellent local market knowledge and strong analytical skills including passenger profiling and route forecasting



Airport Catchment area

  • Greater catchment of 5 million people
  • 3.4 million living within one to two hours’ drive from Brisbane Airport
  • 2.2 million living within Brisbane metro


Freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

brisbane freight

  • No dedicated scheduled freighter services, meaning passenger services can benefit from incremental revenue
  • Close to 42,000 tonnes of goods imported in 2015; over 64,000 tonnes exported.
  • Major import and export markets: Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, USA, United Arab Emirates, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Germany, United Kingdom
  • Major import and export commodities: engines and machines, motors and appliances, polymers/plastics, fish and crustaceans, clothes, fresh meat, fruit and nuts, vegetables, dairy, eggs and honey, preserved fruit, toys and games
  • There is a strong outlook for airfreight between BNE and Japan, BNE and South Korea, and BNE and China, given that Australia has recently negotiated free trade agreements with these nations.  There are also free trade agreements under negotiation with India, Indonesia and Gulf Nations.



brisbane runway

Work on Brisbane’s new parallel runway, the biggest aviation project in Australia, commenced in 2012 and will be complete in 2020. The project required the reclamation of 360 hectares of soft marshland and the pumping of 11 million cubic metres of sand onto the site. The new runway will be 3.3km long and accessible by more than 12km of taxiways.

brisbane terminal

Brisbane’s newly renovated international terminal features themed departure and arrivals areas, world class shopping, dining that features local produce, and vibrant artwork that is uniquely Queensland.

  • Only 12 kilometres to the Brisbane CBD (20 minutes)
  • 5 minutes to major arterial roads providing access to the:
    • Sunshine Coast (100 kilometres, 1.25 hours)
    • Gold Coast (85 kilometres, 1 hour)
  • Transport options: dedicated train service to Brisbane CBD and Gold Coast; buses; taxis; inter-terminal shuttles

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways (number and length): 01/19 is 3,500 metres, accommodating all aircraft types
  • Slot Coordinated?:Runway and terminal slots allocated by Airport Coordination Australia
  • Operating hours:24/7
  • Terminals (Number, type and last major refurbishment): Domestic terminal and international terminal.  More gates were added at the domestic terminal in 2011 and more apron in 2014.  The international terminal was expanded in 2008 by 33,000 square metres and made A380-ready.
  • Min. connect time: 90 minutes
  • Other relevant Infrastructure & Operations details…14 wide body / 17 narrow body bays at the international terminal).  Two non-contact gates are also available.  90 common-user check-in counters, in addition to self-service check-in. Dedicated transfer facilities at both terminals and a free shuttle bus between the two terminals.


Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • Brisbane Airport is investing more than AUD 3.8 billion in infrastructure over the next decade, with key projects including:
    • A New Parallel Runway, due for completion by 2020
    • Terminal expansions and upgrades
    • Terminal service upgrade
    • Apron expansions
    • New car parks and retail facilities
  • Inside the international terminal: an AUD 45 million redevelopment was completed in mid-2015, with the aim to provide an environment which is uniquely Queensland and reflective of Brisbane’s reputation as an outdoor city.  The facelift included a revamp of the airside and retail environment, developing a new 1600sqm duty free concession, and installing new specialist retail stops and food and beverage retail stores. In addition, the airport is developing two new business class lounges which will be completed in the next 12 months.
  • For more details see Brisbane Airport’s Master Plan


Vital statistics

2015 figures

  • Close to 22.2 million passengers in the 2015 calendar year
  • 5.2 million international passengers; 17.0 million domestic passengers; remainder transits, transfers and domestic on-carriage
  • Average annual pax growth 2005 to 2015: 5%
  • Similar level of annual growth forecast for next 10 years
  • Top 5 international airlines: Virgin Australia, Qantas, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand
  • With just one LCC currently, only 3 % of BNE’s international capacity is provided by LCCs, compared to an average of 38% at other Australian airports.
  • 28 international destinations served by 23 international carriers (most routes uncontested) operating 641 weekly flights
  • Best access from Australia to New Zealand and South Pacific is ex-BNE
  • Key visitor markets include: New Zealand, China, UK, USA, India, Taiwan, Japan
  • Destinations popular with Australian travellers include: New Zealand, USA, Indonesia, UK, Fiji, Thailand, Papua New Guinea
  • GDP per capita in Brisbane over AUD 78,000 per annum