The redevelopment of Brisbane Airport Corporation’s (BAC) International Terminal will enhance the visitor experience and bring a unique Queensland flavour to the state’s major gateway, according to peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).
TTF Chief Executive Ken Morrison said this is a major investment for the state.
“The $45 million transformation represents a significant investment in Queensland, providing jobs and boosting the quality of the airport experience for overseas visitors,” said Mr Morrison.
“The airport is an international visitor’s first engagement with Australia and we congratulate BAC on its commitment to improving the passenger experience and boosting Australia’s reputation as a world class destination.
“Passenger numbers through Brisbane Airport have increased every year for the past 10 years, with 21.6 million people travelling through the airport in 2012-13, up 400,000 on the previous year.
“Brisbane Airport directly contributes $2.5 billion to the Queensland economy each year, providing job opportunities and supporting the tourism industry across the state.
“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.
“With the parallel runway in operation, the airport’s economic contribution is forecast to jump to more than $6.5 billion by 2030.
“In addition, BAC is supporting Queensland by engaging local talent to make the terminal memorable and unique and give it a real local flavour.
“The new terminal will provide a great opportunity for Queensland businesses to showcase their products and services to international visitors, adding further to its economic benefit.”
The redevelopment is set to commence in February 2014 and is scheduled for completion in mid-2015.