Brisbane Airport (BNE) is a suburb in its own right, the largest capital city airport in Australia by land size (2,700 hectares) and the third largest airport in Australia by passenger numbers, with more than 23 million passengers travelling through the airport in FY18. At the 2019 Skytrax World Airport Awards, BNE was voted Best Airport in Australia/Pacific and is currently ranked 18th in the Worlds Top 100 Airports list.
Brisbane Airport was officially opened in March 1988, with both domestic and international flights flying from what is now the Domestic Terminal. An architectural review of the Domestic Terminal in 1988 by Professor Paul Reid described the terminal as a “building of diagrammatic clarity”. He credited the architects, noting that: “A building so large, emerging from such complex and technical and bureaucratic requirements has been given such simple form”.
Recent refurbishment works exposed the original internal domed roof line restoring the building’s architectural integrity and flooding the terminal with natural light. Additionally, a $40 million redevelopment of the Domestic Terminal is now underway which will expose more of the domed roof line, whilst adding new airlines lounges, upgraded food halls, premium bars, restaurants and specialty retailers.
The International Terminal in its current location was opened in 1995. A key aspect of the terminal design was to provide a facility that could be easily expanded for projected passenger growth. A $45 million redevelopment of the Departure Hall of the International Terminal was completed in October 2015 and a Terminal expansion completed in 2018. Every part of the design leveraged the unique character of Brisbane, with a specific focus on Queensland’s enviable outdoor lifestyle, creating an environment that encapsulates the personality of Brisbane and Queensland.
Queensland artists were also selected to provide key pieces and local materials were used for a variety of aspects to support Queensland and Australian suppliers. The stunning fit out features locally sourced stone, timbers, fittings and plants which define dedicated dwell, work and relaxation areas.
Opening in mid-2020, the $1.3 billion Brisbane’s new runway will effectively double the capacity of Brisbane Airport and lead to a greater choice of destinations, airlines and flight times for our community of travellers.
Frequency of Guided Tours: 7am sharp (6.30am check in) 8am (7.30am check in) 9.30am sharp (9am check in) 10.30am (10am check in) This tour is a behind the scenes experience. Guests who have booked in advance will get the honour to be the first people to drive on the new runway system.
Special booking requirements: - Participates must arrive 30min before tour commences. - Participants will only be allowed to bring cameras and identification on the bus. No bags permitted and water will be provided. - All participants will be asked for identification to confirm booking both before and on the day. Suitable identification for over 18 - current Australian Drivers licence or current passport, and under 18/over 5 - current passport, school ID or Medicare card. (No ID is required for children under 5).