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Readymeal machines replace restaurants at Brisbane International

written by Adam Thorn | September 24, 2020

Brisbane Airport has installed a readymeal vending machine in its international terminal to allow passengers to access hot food now its retailers have closed.

The terminal is welcoming just 28 weekly flights and 500 passengers per week as a result of the government’s controversial arrival caps.

The business described the installation as a “food technology solution” and said it would offer six meal varieties on rotation, which would be ready in just 70 seconds.

Martin Ryan, Brisbane Airport’s executive general manager of commercial said, “Not only does it ensure there are additional food options available for travellers transiting through our airport, but our staff and employees within the airport can also access delicious readymade meal solutions.”

The machine is provided by Queensland-based firm, Snapfresh, which is part of the wider dnata group.

Hiranjan Aloysius, dnata catering’s chief executive says, “We are excited to be able to deliver our high-quality readymade meals created by world class chefs, to consumers utilising industry leading technology.”

In July, Australian Aviation reported comments by Brisbane Airport’s chief executive arguing his passenger numbers are unlikely to return to pre-coronavirus levels for “many, many years”.


Gert-Jan de Graaff’s warning came as the business reported a 25 per cent decrease in people travelling through the airport during the last financial year.

Those comments came before Queensland closed to Sydney for the second time on 1 August and then to all of NSW and the ACT just a week later.

The effect of that closure led to Sydney Airport’s passenger traffic to plunging nearly 70 per cent.


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  • Pamela Harris


    Oh dear. This sounds awful.

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