AUSTRALIA Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss last week officially reopened Brisbane Airport's international terminal, following a $45 million refurbishment that started in early 2014.
"Brisbane Airport currently services almost 30 international destinations, more than 40 domestic destinations and supports the movement of some 22 million passengers," Mr Truss said.
"Brisbane Airport Corporation forecasts that by 2033–34, some 12 million passengers will pass through this international terminal—more than doubling current numbers. With many international travellers using the airport as a key jumping off point for tourist destinations across the state, including the Great Barrier Reef, this upgrade is a real boost for Queensland.
"The redevelopment has seen the expansion of more than 4,500 square metres of additional retail space, upgraded signage for passengers and Queensland-themed departure and arrival lounges that will give passengers the best possible experience at the airport."
Mr Truss said the airport upgrade had drawn extensively on the skills of the local community.
"I am particularly pleased by airport's use of local talent and expertise in designing the terminal upgrade, which incorporates Queensland and Australian materials wherever possible, as well as artwork from local artists," he said.
"This upgrade is designed to give visitors the best impression of Australia and the state of Queensland, and I think this refurbishment has certainly achieved that.
"An estimated 750 people have worked on this project since it began, providing an important economic boost to the city. Importantly, Brisbane Airport is investing $16 million to build three new airline lounges on Level 4 of the terminal, with completion expected in early 2016.
"The refurbishment of the international terminal, as well as this $16 million upgrade, will help to ensure that Brisbane Airport continues to be an important driver for the state's economy for years to come."