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Brisbane Airport begins massive terminal upgrades

written by Jake Nelson | November 1, 2023

Brisbane Airport is upgrading its Skywalk as part of a terminal overhaul. (Image: Brisbane Airport)

Brisbane Airport has embarked on a major revamp of its domestic terminal as part of a $5 billion transformation plan.

The overhaul will include new computed tomography (CT) security screening systems in line with federal standards, a mezzanine level for more direct access to security screening, a state-of-the-art baggage system with an entirely new baggage hall, and upgrades to self check-in systems.

Other changes include bathroom refurbishments, expanded dining options, bussing lounges for passengers on aircraft in remote parking bays, and refreshed gate lounges, while outside the terminal itself, the airport is adding 1,700 new spaces to its P2 parking garage and installing charging stations for electric airside vehicles.

Brisbane Airport CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff said the airport is investing now to get ahead of population growth and improve connectivity and sustainability.


“The Brisbane Airport Domestic Terminal is the most connected domestic terminal in Australia with services to 61 destinations, so it is a very important transport hub. Half of those destinations are in Queensland,” he said.

“In the past year, 20 million passengers travelled through Brisbane Airport, and we expect that to grow by 10 million passengers in the coming decade as Queensland’s population expands and our terminals need to be ready.

“More than 20,000 people come to work at Brisbane Airport every day and we forecast that to grow to 30,000 by the time the flame is lit at the Opening Ceremony for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Future projects will include an overhaul of the international terminal, continued planning for a new Terminal 3 precinct, aircraft parking and apron expansions, runway resurfacing, and a new aeromedical facility so medical repatriation and emergency services can be centralised at the airport.

Construction at the domestic terminal began this week and is expected to take approximately three years.

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