Investing in the future
We report on the launch of a new multi-billion dollar investment programme designed to transform the facilities at Brisbane Airport.
Brisbane Airport is embarking on its next great transformation, with a A$5 billion plus Future BNE investment programme, which it says is designed to create a better airport experience and cater for Queensland’s growing population in the coming decade and beyond.
It is not one project, but more than 150 projects to transform Queensland’s most important transportation hub.
Future BNE will include upgrades to the Domestic Terminal, International Terminal and to continue planning a new Terminal 3 Precinct.
Other aviation projects will see the expansion of aircraft parking and aprons, the resurfacing of the legacy runway, and the construction of a state-of-the-art Aeromedical facility to centralise medical repatriation and emergency services at Brisbane Airport.
“We’re investing now to get ahead of the population growth curve so we’re ready for 2032 and beyond,” enthuses Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO, Gert-Jan de Graaff.
“We’re investing now so Queenslanders and the world are more closely connected. And we’re investing now to be a leader in sustainability.” More than 20,000 people currently work across Brisbane Airport for more than 600 employers. This is forecast to rise by an extra 10,000 people in the coming decade.
BAC notes that the upgrade to the Domestic Terminal, which began in late October, has provided it with the opportunity to “refresh” it with a series of projects that will transform Queensland’s gateway to the world.
“The Brisbane Airport Domestic Terminal is the most connected domestic terminal in Australia with services to 61 destinations, so it is a very important transport hub,” says de Graaf.
“In the past year, 20 million passengers travelled through Brisbane Airport, and we expect that to grow by 10 million passengers in the coming decade as Queensland’s population expands and our terminals need to be ready.
“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. Future BNE will also create thousands of construction jobs as our 150 projects come to life.”
DOMESTIC TERMINAL SECURITY UPGRADE
The replacement of security screening systems is required by the Australian Government’s Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative and must be completed by December 2025.
As a result, the airport will install new Computed Tomography (CT) technology from Rapiscan, which it says will improve safety through better security screening, ensure a more streamlined process at the terminal’s screening checkpoints, and take the hassle out of security process as passengers will be able to leave most items in their hand luggage, including laptops and aerosols.
NEW MEZZANINE LEVEL
To cater for the size and weight of the new screening equipment, a new Mezzanine Level will be constructed above the existing Central Terminal Area.
This is a vast engineering project taking place in a terminal while still caring for up to 60,000 passengers every day. When finished, it will allow direct access from ‘Skywalk’ (the walkway connecting carparks to the terminal) into security screening for passengers who have already checked-in and only have carry-on bags.
NEW WORLD-CLASS BAGGAGE SYSTEM
Brisbane Airport is installing a new state-of-the-art baggage system in the Domestic Terminal to replace the existing system one that was intalled in the 1980s and comprises three separate systems.
According to the airport, when the project is complete, BNE will have a single “world-class system” across the entire Domestic Terminal, which it notes is “great news for reliability, capacity, security and sustainability.”
DOMESTIC TERMINAL SELF CHECK-IN
Domestic Terminal Self Check-in upgrades will provide a quick and simple check-in process for passengers of all domestic airlines.
The new check-in areas, says BNE, will be easy to use and will work seamlessly with bag drop and security screening, leaving more time to relax and explor the airport.
Construction has just begun on expanding the eating and dining options in the Virgin Australia end of the terminal, with a new bar along the glass windows to be constructed to allow customers to sip cocktails while watching planes land and depart.
A total of 10 new food and beverage options will be available for travellers. It will include a 360-degree restaurant, the largest ever built at the airport, with the 10 new exciting tenants to be announced soon.