Airport operator Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has officially inaugurated the new northern extension of the International Terminal and apron at Brisbane Airport in Australia.
Following two years of construction across two levels, the A$135m (US$100m) expansion provides an additional 11,000m² (120,000ft²) of space at the International Terminal, including new arriving and departing passenger zones, two new walk-out gates and four new aerobridges.
A significant feature of the terminal expansion is a 90m (295ft) floor to ceiling art work by visual art student Michael Phillips, which was commissioned by BAC as part of a competition.
The project also delivered 55,000m² (180,000ft²) of new pavement, new aircraft taxiways and three new aircraft parking bays capable of accommodating larger aircraft.
Julieanne Alroe, CEO and managing director, BAC, said, “Last year we had a record 7% increase in international passengers and, with numbers expected to rise, our focus is on how Brisbane Airport can continue to play a significant role in meeting forecast demand and stimulating even more.
“When our new runway opens in 2020, Brisbane Airport will be in the unique position of having more capacity than any other capital city airport in Australia and the most efficient runway system in the country, as well as being the most domestically connected airport for travelers.
“This makes Brisbane an incredibly attractive option for new international carriers looking to commence services to Australia, for departing passengers wanting direct access to the world, arriving international visitors, and for existing airlines carriers wanting to increase the frequency of services to accommodate demand.”