Work begins this week on Brisbane Airport Corporation’s (BAC) new International Terminal, marking an important milestone for South East Queensland’s tourism industry, according to peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).
TTF Chief Executive Ken Morrison said this in a major investment in Queensland’s visitor economy.
“International airports are our visitors’ first and last impressions of Australia,” Mr Morrison said.
“Brisbane Airport should be congratulated on its investment in improving the passenger experience and helping boost Australia’s reputation as a world class destination.
“The new terminal will have a distinctly Queensland feel, drawing on local architectural talent with a strong focus on artistic design, while the project will also benefit from the input of branding expert Tyler Brûlé from Winkreative.
“Passenger numbers through Brisbane Airport have increased every year for the past 10 years and its business park has the lowest vacancy rate in the country.
“This redevelopment will be happening alongside the construction of the new $1.3 billion parallel runway which will further the airport’s capacity to meet increasing demand.
“Brisbane Airport directly contributes $2.5 billion to the Queensland economy each year, providing job opportunities and supporting the tourism industry across the state.
“New retailers at the terminal will be open for business from April 2014 – July 2015. The entire redevelopment is expected to be finalised mid-2015.”