BAC cheers the reopening of international borders

Family on Level 4 Departures

Wednesday 19 January 2022: Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) welcomes today’s announcement by the Queensland Government to open international borders without restrictions for international travellers from 1am Saturday 22 January.

Today’s announcement means that from Saturday, double-vaccinated international travellers will no longer have to undertake quarantine.

BAC CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff said today’s announcement is very good news for Queensland.

“This is an incredibly exciting day for everyone at Brisbane Airport, our airlines and everyone associated with international aviation and visitation.  

“It takes us one step closer to re-uniting with the world.

“Our team at Brisbane Airport is more than ready for Saturday morning. They have kept the lights on throughout the pandemic and have done a phenomenal job in adapting to the ever-changing requirements over the past two years.

“Rebuilding international travel into and out of Brisbane Airport will take many months, as we will need destinations for Australians and inbound market nations to reopen. We are not expecting to return to 2019 route and passenger levels until 2024.

“In the coming months, we hope to see some uptick in some passenger sectors coming into Queensland, especially with the return of international students for the commencement of university term. The State’s agricultural harvest is also under way and needing workers.

“Most importantly, there will be many families who will be greatly relieved that they can now reunite in Queensland as and when they need. We think the visiting friends and family sector will be the first to jump at this chance and hop on a plane to Queensland.”

It is important to note that some airlines have maintained their BNE services throughout the pandemic and continued to carry repatriating Aussies. We thank them for their loyalty to BNE:

  • Singapore Airlines and Emirates have been steadfast in maintaining a lifeline home to the world.
  • Qatar Airways started BNE flights during the pandemic and have proven to be a reliable pathway for passengers and Queensland export produce to markets across the globe.
  • Air New Zealand, Air Niugini and the Taiwanese airlines have also continued to operate at BNE uplifting passengers and Queensland exports.


We also thank the many international carriers who maintained crucial links to Brisbane.

The majority of other airlines are wanting to return to BNE but will need to see market conditions that make sense for their business to make a restart decision.

“Although Queensland remains a world-famous destination and Brisbane remains a strong market for airlines to serve, airline businesses have suffered greatly from the pandemic, which means the competition amongst destinations for very scarce airline resources will be intense,” Mr de Graaff said.

“We look forward to working cooperatively with airlines, the Government and the entire travel industry, to recreate and support demand for Queensland and see visitor numbers rebuild.”