BNE 2020 Preliminary Draft Master Plan Released for Community Feedback

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Brisbane Airport has released its 2020 Preliminary Draft Master Plan for community feedback until 21 August 2019.

Brisbane Airport currently serves more than 23 million passengers per year, which is projected to more than double by 2040. Once approved, the Master Plan will form the basis for future development of airport facilities over the next 20 years, with particular focus on the next five years. 

The 2020 Master Plan’s Development Objectives are grouped into four main pillars of focus: growing aviation markets, excellence in customer satisfaction, supporting business growth, and driving economic prosperity.


Current BNE projects underway: 

  • Brisbane’s New Runway – Once the new parallel runway opens in 2020 the airport capacity is projected to effectively be doubled.
  • BNE Auto Mall – Due to open as the new BNE Auto Mall, a first of its kind development that includes a test track, among other facilities, is expected to attract more visitors to the airport.
  • International Terminal Check-in and Domestic Terminal Retail Upgrades – The $12.6-million upgrade of check-in facilities has had four of the six check-in rows already upgraded including the provision of 96 new self-service. The Domestic Terminal retail upgrade will deliver 50 new and refurbished retail offerings.
  • Multi-storey Car Park – The facility will provide up to 2,800 additional parking bays.
Building Brisbane’s new runway | Video Credit: Brisbane Airport / YouTube

Some possible future projects:

  • Domestic and International Terminals expansion – The draft master plan aims to address that future demand with a host of expansions to extend the capacity of International and Domestic Terminals as well as identification of areas for new expansions.
  • Aviation Support facilities and services – To meet existing and future needs, new precincts for aviation support facilities expansion are identified including a potential airside road connection
  • Future Northern and Western Terminal – BNE’s development strategy for the Domestic Terminal will focus on the development of the future Northern and Western Terminals. The Future Northern Terminal could be located with direct connectivity to the cross link taxiway system and both runways, whilst the Future Western Terminal could be situated with frontage to Brisbane’s new runway. 
  • Potential Mass Transit System – A potential airport precinct future development option is the mass transit system comprising an airside MTS connecting the Terminals; a new rail station at Skygate; and a feeder bus shuttle service to ancillary airport precinct locations.

Will there be a new terminal when the new runway opens? | Video Credit: Brisbane Airport / YouTube

2020 Brisbane Airport Master Plan Timeline:

  • Planning and technical studies: October 2017 – March 2018
  • Engagement with government and key stakeholders: March 2018 – April 2019
  • Public comment period: 27 May – 21 August 2019
  • 2020 Brisbane Airport Draft Master Plan and supplementary report produced: September – November 2019
  • Final draft submitted to Federal Minister: January 2020
  • Master Plan adopted, pending Ministerial approval: January 2020
  • Implementation: 2020 – 2024

The final draft of the Master Plan will be submitted to the Federal Government in December 2019. 

For more information about the 2020 Brisbane Airport Master Plan, click here.

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