Brisbane Airport has brought forward the decommissioning of a cross runway to create additional parking space for grounded aircraft.
The move is among a number of measures undertaken to help airlines store unused planes, including creating 10 dedicated parking zones, accommodating 100 aircraft free of charge and facilitating bays being switched back on when needed.
The airport has pledged it will “keep the lights on and the front door to Queensland open” despite operating a heavily reduced service.
Chief executive Gert-Jan de Graaff said, “The cross runway was to be decommissioned in May as part of the Operational Readiness and Testing program for Brisbane’s new runway, but in these unprecedented times it was crucial that we do everything we can to support our airline partners, so we brought this process forward.
“We have created an additional 10 dedicated parking zones to accommodate the increased demand, including runway 14/32, Taxiway Papa (the original decommissioned runway for BNE), the logistics apron and various other aprons that have been modified to accommodate additional aircraft.
“Alongside the provision of aircraft parking free of charge, we are working with the airlines to offer support on a case by case basis to assist when and where we can.
“Despite the challenges we’re all currently facing, we should remain confident that recovery will come and that we must be ready to not only return to normal, but to prosper.
“Brisbane Airport is confident and standing ready to support the many industries reliant on 24/7 connectivity across Australia and the globe.”