Brisbane Airport Corporation has opened talks with airline partners as it considers how and where a third terminal would integrate into the existing operation and relieve pressure on the two existing terminals.
Estimates show the airport will be expected to cater to 50 million passengers annually by the year 2040. Currently, more than 60,000 travellers pass through its two terminals each day.
The Queensland capital is connected to more than 50 Australian destinations via direct flights, along with numerous international cities, with the airport a crucial piece in a tourism industry which contributes $23 billion to the state’s economy each year.
“We are running out of terminal capacity and we’re looking at the best location, together with our airline partners, for where that new terminal will go,” said Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO, Gert-Jan de Graaff.
“We think it will be in between the two runaways because that’s the perfect location to minimise aircraft taxiing, and it is close to our current domestic terminal.
“"We need more domestic capacity to cater for demand. A few of our domestic airlines will likely go into Terminal 3. We might even allocate some international traffic in there as well to provide for better connectivity between domestic and international flights," de Graaff added.
Somewhat amusing though is the fact Brisbane is hosting the Olympic Games eight years earlier than it hopes to have its new terminal operational, if the project gets off the ground at all.
Despite its long-term projections, BNE will be investing more than $5 billion over the next decade as it gears up to be the first and last impression for athletes and fans attending the 2032 Olympiad.
Both terminals are expected to be upgraded, with additional facilities including more car parking, a regional aeromedical hub, expanded freight facilities and a larger, improved Skygate shopping centre.
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