The Federal Government has approved a 20-year multimillion dollar development plan for the Brisbane Airport precinct. The Brisbane Airport Corporation has also dedicated almost $4 billion to fund the new aviation precinct projects over the next decade.
The strategy includes construction of a parallel runway, a regional satellite facility, upgraded domestic & international terminal facilities, and improvements to transport networks.
Environmentally sound, award winning and the largest aviation project ever seen in Australia, will give Brisbane the greatest runway system in the country once completed. They have reclaimed 360 hectares of marshland by pumping 11 million cubic metres of sand onto the site. Over 4 years, the weight of the sand, working with 330,000 wick drains funnelling the water to the surface, will create a solid base for the runway. Once the base is complete, construction of the new runway will begin. The new runway will be 3.3 kilometres long, 60 metres wide and will have 12km of taxiways. New lighting, navigational aids and landscaping will be introduced once runways have been completed. During its production the project will create 2,700 construction jobs.
Plans are also in progress to build a new Regional Satellite Terminal at the northern end of the Domestic Terminal Building. The satellite terminal will be built as a standalone building 300m away from the existing Domestic Terminal Building, with passengers initially transferred by bus until a walkway is created. The new terminal will have 15 boarding gates as well as 2,000 square metres of space including passenger lounge areas, food, beverage & retail tenancies, amenities, service areas and offices.
The existing Domestic Terminal is currently being upgraded and once complete will have new airline service desks, 8 new and 12 relocated self-service check-in kiosks, 8 new automatic bag drops, more baggage reclaim facilities, new screening facilities, new offices & queuing space, new floor finishes and a new Visitors Information Counter.
The International terminal will also undergo some major improvements with the goal of creating ‘The world’s most liveable airport’. The redevelopment will include a new themed departures lounge which encompasses a sense of place that is uniquely Brisbane. There will also be new Duty Free shops for Departures & Arrivals, new specialty retail, food & beverage shops, improved way-finding for passengers and unrivalled views of the planes and runway.
Skygate – the retail, commercial and lifestyle precinct of Brisbane’s Airport is about to undergo a major transformation with an expansion to DFO with 30 new stores, a new multi-level car park with 1000 car park bays, a connector Building between DFO and The Village Markets including alfresco dining, commercial offices and an enhanced pedestrian walkway alongside the connector building including a children’s playscape.
Airport spokeswoman Helen Clarke said the plan would open up increased tourism and trade in the state. She said Brisbane had one of the fastest growing airport precincts in the country.
“The airport will expand over time – in 20 years’ time it will be about the same size as Singapore and Hong Kong airports. We see the addition of a mass transit system, having a high-frequency connection between the international and domestic terminals, as well as our new parallel runway. We expect that by 2034 there’ll be about 49 million passengers a year travelling through the airport. Obviously we need to support those passengers with new infrastructure and new jobs.”
She said about 21,000 people currently worked full-time within the airport precinct. That number was expected to more than double to about 51,000 within the next 20 years.