THE Australian Government last week announced approval for Brisbane Airport's new multi-million dollar charter terminal, which is being developed as part of Brisbane Airport Corporation's $4.2 billion 20-year infrastructure program.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new terminal will bring General Aviation operators together into a single building and improve useability for charter and Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) operators, with construction expected to begin in early 2014.
The proposed two-storey terminal includes four gates for passenger departures and arrivals, five interchangeable passenger lounges and a VIP lounge. It also features parking for staff and a passenger drop off/pick up zone for taxis, buses and private vehicles.
"The airport is a vital transport and business centre, as the gateway to South East Queensland that expedites tourism, trade and economic activity across the region and, indeed, for the state and nation," Mr Truss said.
"By 2015, yearly passenger movements through this new facility are expected to top 119,000, rising to 270,000 a year by 2028.
"These works are essential to ensure for Brisbane Airport to cater for this passenger growth. Once completed, this new terminal will be a lasting boost for travellers, workers and to the city of Brisbane.
"The charter terminal development will create 20 new jobs during the pre-construction phase and 50 jobs during the construction phase—adding to the existing 20,600 jobs across the airport," Mr Truss said.
Brisbane Airport has 50 business days to make the major development plan public.
Other projects being delivered as part of the infrastructure program include a new runway, redevelopment of the international terminal, multiple airfield upgrades, access road upgrades and a number of new commercial buildings and facilities.