Sky’s the limit with Brisbane’s improved air access
A major upgrade at Brisbane Airport will also massively increase the airport’s capacity in the not-too-distant future.
Brisbane Airport Corporation is undertaking Australia’s biggest aviation project – construction of a $1.35 billion new parallel runway.
Due for completion in 2020, the runway will double the airport’s capacity to a level similar to that of Hong Kong and Singapore.
In the meantime, Brisbane continues to attract new and improved air routes as the city witnesses unprecedented growth in the number of international visitors.
The International Visitor Survey for the year ended June 2016 revealed Brisbane attracted a record 1.169 million visitors, up 9.7 per cent on the previous year.
There were sharp increases in several key markets, with Chinese visitors climbing 34.4 per cent, Japanese visitors rising 39.9 per cent and Korean visitors up 30.6 per cent.
The rises were in part a result of concerted marketing activity and improved air access.
Recent new and improved routes include:
- Qantas re-instating direct services between Tokyo and Brisbane;
- Etihad Airways upgrading its Abu Dhabi-Brisbane route to a direct service;
- Air Canada beginning direct services between Vancouver and Brisbane;
- Qantas upgrading its Christchurch-Brisbane direct route to a daily service;
- and China Eastern beginning daily services between Shanghai and Brisbane in December.
There’s no doubt air access to Brisbane is really taking off.