BRISBANE Airport is set to get a third terminal to handle increased travel demand in the lead up to the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games.
The Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has already begun the preliminary planning phase, revealing it is currently in talks with airline partners about the future Terminal 3, which will help the air hub process the 50 million passengers predicted to pass through its terminals every year from 2040.
“We are running out of terminal capacity and we’re looking at the best location, together with our airline partners, for where that new terminal will go,” BAC CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff said.
“We need more domestic capacity to cater for demand so a few of our domestic airlines will likely go into Terminal 3 and we might even allocate some international traffic in there as well to provide for better connectivity between domestic and international flights.”
The new terminal will likely be in between the two runways in order to reduce the amount of aircraft taxiing needed to reach the current domestic terminal.
Sustainability will be an integral part of the design plans for what the BAC dubbed as a “state-of-the-art terminal built for the 2030s”.
The announcement follows a recent funding pledge to upgrade existing airport infrastructure so that Brisbane can cater for the travel boom spurred by the 2032 Olympics, which will include $5 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade terminals, expand the car park, develop a regional aeromedical hub, extend the airport’s shopping mall, Skygate, and construct more freight facilities.