Brisbane Airport’s Runway 01L/19R – the airport’s most significant infrastructure project of the last decade – has now been open for one year.

Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO, Gert-Jan de Graaff, said that while opening a major piece of new aviation infrastructure during an historic downturn in global aviation was never part of the plan, the runway would ultimately prove to have been an invaluable investment in the future of Queensland.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely difficult for the aviation industry, as well as the whole community, but we have never lost sight of the fact that this project has been built for the long-term,” Mr de Graaff said. 

“It will serve people well for many decades to come.

“Brisbane’s new runway was built because the city and the state needed it. 

“As the airport operator, we have an obligation to ensure that when airlines and people need access at the airport, they can get it.”

Recognising the importance of the new runway, recent community sentiment research commissioned by Brisbane Airport indicates that:

  • Seventy-four per cent of Brisbane residents agree that the new runway will have economic benefits for the community
  • Seventy-one per cent of Brisbane residents agree that the new runway will help create more jobs in our community
  • Seventy-nine per cent of Brisbane residents agree that the new runway is essential to avoiding delays to flights in and out of Brisbane Airport in the future

The research was undertaken by Enhance in March and April 2020, with 1,002 residents surveyed across five electorates of greater Brisbane: Brisbane, Griffith, Lilley, Moreton, and Ryan.

“At the opening last year, I said that travel is at the heart of modern society and the human need to explore and to connect means that ultimately nothing will keep us grounded forever. That is still my belief,” Mr de Graaff said.

“Brisbane Airport, and this new runway, will play a leading part in ensuring Brisbane and Queensland have the infrastructure and mechanisms in place to not just recover from COVID-19, but to prosper.” 

Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said, “Brisbane Airport is a vital gateway for people and freight, and a vital part of Queensland’s Economic recovery.

“When we emerge from the pandemic the added capacity of the second runway will see our recovery take off.”

Brisbane Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner, said, “Prior to the pandemic, momentum for Brisbane as a tourist destination was building, and passenger numbers were predicted to double from 24 million to 50 million over the next 20 years.

“While this progress has been temporarily put on hold, it was important for us to continue to invest in the infrastructure that will future-proof our growing city; and that’s exactly what Brisbane Airport’s second runway has done.

“At full flight, this runway will help put Brisbane back on its pre-pandemic growth path by offering better connectivity and a direct link to our local businesses, exporters and emerging major innovation, technology, investment and corporate hubs.

“Congratulations on reaching this significant milestone.” 

Queensland Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport, Stirling Hinchliffe, said, “Brisbane Airport’s parallel runway is transformational infrastructure that will help underwrite Queensland’s growth.

“On the first anniversary of the opening of the new runway, there’s a lot to celebrate for the future.

“We know the capacity of the new runway will be critical in the months ahead as we rebuild tourism better for the Palaszczuk Government’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.”

Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane, said, “I commended the BAC’s second runway for increasing the efficiency of on-time flight arrivals and departures – a welcome improvement for the thousands of resource industry FIFO workers who use it every day.

“Queensland’s resources industry has been one of the biggest users of Brisbane Airport over the past year. 

“In fact, at times during the pandemic, up to 80 per cent of the flights using Brisbane Airport were to and from resource industry centres. 

“On-time arrivals and departures mean more time on the job and more time back with their families.”

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8 Comments
  1. Karen Brown 5 months ago

    I’m yet to find any one celebrating, just as I’m yet to find anyone that was surveyed but then I guess because I live in Teneriffe a suburb that was not supposed to be impacted why would you talk to me !

    Now here I sit 9.15am and I have lost count of how many flights have been over my roof ALL over 70dec since I was woken at 6.05 this morning but I’m going to guess without looking it up and say 30 ! HOW IS THAT NOT IMPACTED! It’s a disgrace

  2. Ben 5 months ago

    The new runway has been a disaster for those who live under the sprawling flight paths. There should have been real community consultation and modeling of the impact of the new flight paths. Instead residents have been lumped with the negative impacts of the new runway so that others can make more money.

  3. C 5 months ago

    What other forward thinking major city would build a new runway facing directly towards the most populated and inner city suburbs.

    Absolutely horrendous planning allowed by every level of government.

    This failure will hurt our capital city for years to come.

  4. Jim 5 months ago

    Thanks for turning Brisbane into a noisy airport city with aircraft flying over once peaceful neighbourhoods. Brilliant idea to build a runway pointing towards the state’s most populated areas.

  5. Wendy 5 months ago

    Over 2 million people live in the Brisbane area. They surveyed only 1002 and on average 75% were positive, that’s 750 people !!! All before the runway was operational. How about surveying the rest now that the runway is open, especially those impacted by the flight paths.

  6. Adrian 5 months ago

    There’s no doubt about the opportunities presented by the new runway, however the EIS process for the new runway has been severely flawed and we’re now seeing the impact on tens of thousands of Brisbane residents, and the full impact is yet to be realised. While in many places in the world, even in 3rd world countries, they build airports far away from residential areas, we are bragging about a shiny new runway pointing towards this city’s most populated areas, with flight paths that span across the most desirable parts of Brisbane, including the CBD itself. We’re dealing with a shameless corporation that’s pushing for freight deals, advertising Brisbane airport as a curfew-free airport that can handle 110 flights per hour, while having zero respect and empathy towards the affected communities living in 100-year-old Queenslander houses with tin roofs and zero sound insulation.

  7. Gastero 5 months ago

    The new runway is shaping up be the Achilles heel for BAC.
    Common sense should have prevailed in the design phase and alternative orientations into Moreton Bay should have been more thoroughly investigated. Most global industries are adapting to cleaner environmental outputs however BAC has done the opposite and designed a runway that is 2kms closer to suburbia than the existing Legacy runway and pointed directly at some of Brisbane’s most densely populated suburbs. Brisbane’s noise pollution affected complainants are not going to disappear overnight and will only ramp up as we progress through Covid. This could well go down as one of Brisbane’s worst infrastructure failures.

  8. Professor Marcus Foth 5 months ago

    Coinciding with the one year anniversary of Brisbane Airport’s second runway becoming operational, Brisbane Flight Path Community Alliance (BFPCA) today released devastating data on the additional impact of excessive noise pollution from Brisbane Airport’s flight paths on school children. BFPCA have estimated that more than 50 schools are regularly overflown by aircraft – totalling a student population of more than 50,000 school children. The map shows the location of those schools overlaid by the actually flown flight paths – both for north-easterly and south-westerly winds – based on data published by Airservices Australia.

    Read the full statement at bfpca dot org dot au / schools

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