The domestic terminal at Brisbane Airport will receive an additional 1,700+ spaces, with construction set to commence on the $90 million expansion.

The project is part of a $5 billion transformation of Brisbane airport. Future BNE encompasses more than 150 projects including upgrades to the Domestic and International Terminals, the construction of Terminal 3’s first stage, and additional commercial, industrial, and retail developments. 

In addition to providing more than 1,700 additional car spaces, the expansion will also address the increasing capacity challenges, especially during peak holiday seasons. 

Brisbane Airport’s Executive General Manager Commercial, Martin Ryan, said, “Since COVID we have seen an increased share of people wanting to drive to the airport. 

“We continue to see the demand for parking grow as Brisbane’s population expands and we’re investing now to cater for current and future passenger needs.”

The new spaces are part of an extension to the current P2 car park and will involve the removal of the existing 30-minute free parking area and space for vehicles over 2.4m in height.    

From 11 March, Brisbane Airport will offer 30 minutes of free parking at the Domestic ParkShort car park, offering visitors a closer option to the terminals than the current location.  

This will unlock 30 minutes of free car parking to over 400,000 customers that use ParkShort each year. 

The expansion project requires the closure of the current overheight vehicle parking space from 25 March, redirecting travellers with vehicles over 2.4m high to use AIRPARK, with free buses to and from the terminal.

“We too are sorry to see the dedicated overheight area go, which is currently used by around a dozen vehicles at any one time, but the trade-off is the creation of 1,700 urgently needed parking spaces.” 

The vast roof of the car park extension will feature solar panels, complementing Brisbane Airport’s renewable power generation capacity. Sustainable building and procurement practices will also be part of the project. 

Construction will begin in the first quarter of 2024, with the project expected to be complete by mid-2025. 

In addition to parking enhancements, Brisbane Airport is providing storage for scooters and bikes, sheltered from the elements, a short walk from the domestic terminal.  

To minimise disruptions to customers and pedestrians throughout the construction process, Brisbane Airport is implementing measures to ensure a smooth and safe journey for all. 

Featured image: Design plans for the upgraded airport at Brisbane Airport’s domestic terminal. Image credit: Brisbane Airport.

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