Brisbane Airport is embarking on its biggest ever transformation, with a $5 billion Future BNE investment programme to create a better airport experience. Future BNE includes upgrades to the Domestic Terminal, International Terminal and continued planning for a new Terminal 3 Precinct.
“We’re investing now to get ahead of the population growth curve so we’re ready for 2032 and beyond,” said Gert-Jan de Graaff, Chief Executive Officer, Brisbane Airport Corporation. “We’re investing now so Queenslanders and the world are more closely connected. And we’re investing now to be a leader in sustainability.”
Significant work has commenced on transformation of Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal. Sparked by requirements to upgrade security screening equipment to meet Australian Government standards by the end of 2025, Brisbane Airport Corporation will use the opportunity to refresh the terminal in a series of projects which will transform Queensland’s gateway to the world.
The replacement of security screening systems is required by the Australian Government’s Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative and must be completed by December 2025. This will mean the installation of new Computed Tomography (CT) technology, enabling passengers to leave most items in their hand luggage, including laptops and aerosols.
Brisbane Airport is also installing a new state-of-the-art baggage system in the Domestic Terminal. “The current baggage system is made up of three separate systems that were originally installed in the 1980s while Ansett was flying,” said de Graaff. “When this project is complete, Brisbane Airport will have a single world-class system across the entire Domestic Terminal and that’s great news for reliability, capacity, security and sustainability.”
An entire new baggage hall will be built adjacent to the central satellite walkway. The current system will continue operating until the new system is built, tested and commissioned, allowing for a smooth transition. Brisbane Airport Corporation has appointed global automation specialists Alstef and Brock Solutions (a Strategic Partner of the FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group) the contract to build the new baggage handling system.
Meanwhile, Domestic Terminal self-check-in upgrades will provide a quick and simple check-in process for passengers of all domestic airlines. The new check-in areas will be easy to use and will work seamlessly with bag drop and security screening.
“This major upgrade will ensure our Domestic Terminal continues to serve Brisbane, Queensland and Australia for many years to come,” said de Graaff. “And while there will be some changes to the way you move through the terminal during construction, the end result will be a terminal we can all be proud of. And this is just the start of Future BNE.”