Brisbane Airport has announced that it has recovered to its pre-pandemic level; the airport had a busy summer of 2022, with high passenger demand, which is now back to 63 % of pre-COVID numbers, while domestic travel is at 90 per cent.

Brisbane Airport Travelers Demand

According to the airport, Brisbane Airport expects to handle 1.7 million domestic and international passengers this year, an increase of one million compared to January 2022. According to officials, most foreign tourists come from New Zealand, England, and the United States. The airport offers better choices for passengers, as they can connect to 53 domestic destinations.

“Each time a new flight is added to the schedule, our passenger numbers slowly grow. “If you think back to this time last year, capped international arrivals at 1,000 people per week, so we’ve come a long way,” said Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff. “When Brisbane Airport is busy, Queensland is busy. And that’s particularly great news for Queenslanders working in the tourism industry from Cairns to Coolangatta.”

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Brisbane Airport Traffic Return. © Rudy Balasko

Last year the airport received 741,860 passengers. It is Australia’s third busiest airport connecting 34 destinations, with around 729 weekly flights. Last year United Airlines UA96 from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) landed at BNE, becoming the first scheduled nonstop passenger service from the mainland USA to Queensland; the airline projected AU$27 million ($17.3 million) to the state’s visitor economy. Most airlines operating at the airport are Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Qantas, United Airlines, China Airlines, Virgin, Jetstar, and Fiji Airways.

Brisbane will host the Olympic Summer Games in 2032, which expects a considerable number of passengers. The airport announced last November that they would spend almost $1 Billion on commercial developments. They will develop 190 hectares of land holding with 6,000 solar panels. A third International Terminal expect to take until 2025.

Last August, the airport committed to being the most sustainable airport in the world. Brisbane Airport Corporation calculates its emissions by categorizing them into scope 1 and 2, which includes emissions from electricity and fuel consumed by BAC.

To achieve net zero (scope 1 and 2) by 2025, BAC has committed to transition to 100% renewable energy, purchase all-electric fleet vehicles and develop an onsite carbon removal project within its Biodiversity Zone.


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