Airport facelift is 'unique'
A $45 million refit of the Brisbane international airport terminal will be "quite rare", using natural materials so you "won't feel like you're in an airport".PT1M34S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2yq7s 620 349 December 4, 2013
Brisbane’s international airport terminal is set to get a $45 million facelift to showcase the city’s ‘‘enviable lifestyle’’ and a budget airline has announced Brisbane will be its new base.
Brisbane Airport Corporation says the redevelopment will create a unique gateway to the river city and set a global benchmark for terminal design.
BAC CEO and managing director Julieanne Alroe says the improved arrival and departure areas would reflect the character of Brisbane and the spirit of Queensland.
About $45 million will be spent to upgrade the Brisbane international airport. Photo: Supplied
‘‘Queensland and our cosmopolitan capital city are among the most liveable places on the planet and this project gave us the opportunity to reflect our enviable lifestyle and natural assets,’’ she said.
While a Brisbane architect firm will design the terminal, global travel, transport and branding guru Tyler Brule has cast his eye over the project.
The redevelopment, the most ambitious project since the terminal’s opening in 1995, is set to get under way in February next year.
Artist's impression of plans to renovate the Brisbane international airport. Photo: Supplied
It’s due to be completed in mid-2015.
And Tigerair Australia's CEO Rob Sharp said he couldn't wait any longer to deliver Brisbane his company's "Christmas present".
The newly rebranded budget airline has announced Brisbane as its new base.
Tigerair expects Queensland to account for 59 percent of its capacity next year, which made Brisbane the "obvious choice".
The new base is predicted to "provide more than 100 new jobs" with flight, ground crews and ground staff to work out of the capital.
The budget airline, which is now controlled by Virgin Australia, will open the dedicated base at Brisbane Airport in March, where it will position two new single-aisle A320 aircraft. Tigerair's existing bases are in Melbourne and Sydney.
The airline has also announced three new routes for Brisbane and will begin flying to Cairns, Darwin and Sydney from March next year.
Tigerair's launch of new flights is expected to prompt an aggressive response from Jetstar.
Qantas boss Alan Joyce has been steadfast in maintaining the airline group's 65 per cent share of the domestic market. It means Qantas or Jetstar will put on two extra flights every time Virgin or Tiger add one service.
Jetstar has about 22 per cent of the domestic market, which still dwarfs Tiger's share of about 4 per cent.
UBS analysts noted on Wednesday that capacity in the domestic market was scheduled to grow at about 4 per cent until the June quarter next year when Tigerair was scheduled to double its capacity.
Tigerair's expansion would assume it taking on an extra 10 A320 aircraft, the analysts said.
The airline is due to boost its Australian fleet to 12 single-aisle A320 aircraft by the end of this month.
Tigerair has also introduced automated bag-drop technology at Brisbane Airport, which it hopes will help speed up the check-in process for passengers. It plans to roll out the technology at its operations around the country.
Seats on the new routes will go on sale today.
- Matt O'Sullivan and Amy Remeikis with AAP