Brisbane Airport Begins Big Terminal Transformation

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As part of a $5 billion modernisation plan, Brisbane Airport has begun a significant overhaul of its domestic terminal.

Included in the improvements are state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) security screening devices, a mezzanine level for easier access to security screening, a brand-new baggage system and baggage hall, and enhanced self-check-in facilities.

Other changes include bathroom refurbishments, expanded dining options, bussing lounges for passengers on aircraft in remote parking bays, and refreshed gate lounges, while outside the terminal itself, the airport is adding 1,700 new spaces to its P2 parking garage and installing charging stations for electric airside vehicles,

storage for scooters and bikes in a covered area within a short walk from the terminal and next to the airport hotels.

CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff of Brisbane Airport said the airport is investing now to improve connectivity and sustainability ahead of the expected population growth.

“The Brisbane Airport Domestic Terminal is the most connected domestic terminal in Australia with services to 61 destinations, therefore, it is a very important transport hub. About fifty percent of those destinations are in Queensland,” he said.

Since the population of Queensland is expected to increase by 10% over the next decade, the airport terminals must be prepared for an additional 10 million annual travellers. “More than 20,000 people come to work at Brisbane Airport every day, and we forecast that to grow to 30,000 by the time the flame is lit at the Opening Ceremony for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Airport transformations in the works include a new aeromedical centre, additional aircraft parking, resurfaced runways, and a revamped international terminal to better accommodate medical repatriation and emergency services.

This week marked the beginning of what is projected to be a three-year period of construction for the domestic terminal.

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