Brisbane Airport BAC is Australia's third-busiest airport, serving Queensland and its captial city Brisbane. March 2015, Skytrax voted it as being 'Third in the world' for airports in the 20-30M passenger category, and 'Second Best' Regional Airport in the Australia/Pacific category, as well as top honors in 'World's Best Airport Staff'. In March 2016 it was voted 'Best Airport in Australia/ Pacific at Skytrax Global Awards, and in October 2016 World Travel Awards named it 'Australia's Leading Airport'.
BAC Airport is located in Brisbane's suburb - 13 km or a 20-minute drive from the central district of Brisbane - and is accessible via the Gateway Motorway & the new Airport Link, as well as by Airtrain rail service. A new 7 km toll road now connects the Airpot to the iner city bypass, reducing time during rush hours by 20 mins.
Brisbane Airport is only a 75-minute drive from the Gold Coast, and 1 hr & 45 mins from the Sunshine Coast (bit add extra time to peak hours). The Information desks in both terminals can help you map out the best routes.
Serving 27.7M passengers in 2016, Brisbane Airport is hub for Virgin Blue, the low-cost subsidiary of Pacific Blue Airlines, and secondary hub for Qantas and its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar. The Airport is served by national & international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all parts of the world.
'Aeropelican' is now offering three daily flights into the important Narrabri regional center for mining, gas & cotton, while Qantas flies to Dallas Fort Worth and Los Angeles. QantasLink is gateway to regional Queensland areas.
The on-Airport new 6-level Novotel Brisbane Airport Hotel is located next to the International Terminal and is accessible by Airtrain or shuttle bus located between the terminals.
Brisbane Airport has two passenger terminals – Domestic (DT) & International (IT) - connected by the free Airtrain, a1-minute ride. connects both, taking 10 minutes for each terminal.
Passenger Pickup/Dropoff : Those picking up a passenger at Domestic Terminal can now park for free up to 20 mins in the 'Public Pick-up Waiting Area' in front of the terminal, connected by covered Skywalk. The Road in front of the Terminal is now used for drop-off only!
Present and future Airport developments:
Rental Cars at Brisbane Airport: Major rental car agency desks are located in each of the terminals: in the Domestic Terminal on level 1, and in the International terminal on level 2.
- SmartGate border control's ABC e-gates
have been installed at: Melboune, Brisbane,
Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Cairns & Darwin. (Biometric cameras fitted to the eGates automatically adjust to the passenger’s height and innovative document feeder technology automatically positions the passport precisely on the reader eliminating any delays due to document misplacement or inadequacy of time for reading. During busy periods, each eGate is capable of processing up to 150 passengers an hour.)
In preparation of the new runway, the Ddyandra Road Works are under construction between March 2017 & August 2018, while the new runway is scheduled to open in 2020.
- Within the next ten years
Brisbane Airport is investing over $2B in upgrades. For comleted & ongoing project time table up to late 2017, please refer to the 'Terminal Map' section.