BNE is Capital City Airport of the Year

Airports in Queensland dominate national airport awards winning 7 categories

AAA Brisbane Airport team

BNE is officially Australia’s Capital City Airport of the Year after being recognised for “Sustainability Leadership” at the Australian Airports Association (AAA) National Industry Awards. 

Brisbane Airport brought four wins home to Queensland:  

  • Capital City of the Year: Sustainability Leadership 
  • Airport Excellence Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: shared win on a joint initiative with Melbourne Airport to facilitate Australia’s first flight handled end-to-end entirely by women on International Women’s Day 
  • Airport Excellence Commercial Award for Brisbane’s Best Bites campaign 
  • Airport Excellence Infrastructure Award for the International Apron Rectification Project 




Capital City of the Year 

Brisbane Airport: Sustainability Leadership 

Brisbane Airport is providing industry-wide leadership through innovation and sector wide collaboration to make airports and aviation more sustainable with impact beyond Brisbane. Just in the past year, Brisbane has become: 

•The first Australian airport to host and support a hydrogen electric aircraft trial 

•The first airport to represent all Australian airports on the inaugural Jet Zero Council 

•The first airport to investigate blue carbon 

•The first Australian airport to achieve ACI Level4 

•The first Australian airport to use AI to reduce waste and power use 

•Net Zero (Scope 1 & 2) by 2025 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

Brisbane Airport and Melbourne Airport: Flying high on International Women's Day 

Some challenges are so big they require innovative cross industry collaboration to achieve a result. Melbourne and Brisbane Airports put aside competition to take the lead in raising the profile of women in aviation and increase diversity by encouraging more females to join the industry. The airports joined forces with Virgin Australia and Airservices to facilitate Australia’s first flight handled end-to-end entirely by women. Months of planning to co-ordinate rosters culminated on International Women’s Day with VA313 operating from Melbourne to Brisbane. The event received significant national media coverage and highlighted the numerous roles available to women around the country. 

Commercial Award 

Brisbane Airport: Brisbane's Best Bites 

Airport food has long been given a bad rap, lumped in with in-flight service and assumed to be bland, uninspiring, expensive or all three! Brisbane Airport and its Domestic Terminal retailers have been working to change this perception by introducing premium restaurants, cafes and bars with delicious, quicky, well-presented food that offers value. But how to get that message out? The Brisbane Airport Best Bites campaign changed public perception as it highlighted the Domestic Terminal's most appealing menu items, surprising audiences with the abundant high-quality food options available. The campaign positioned the terminal's dining offer amongst Brisbane's best, rivaling off-airport dining. 

Infrastructure Award 

Brisbane Airport: International Apron Rectification Project 

Covid-19 was devastating for aviation but was an opportunity to complete works which normally would impact operations. Using an accelerated project delivery model, Brisbane Airport Corporation rehabilitated a section of failed apron taxilane, at a time of historic low numbers of international flights. To minimise the program and risks, an innovative subgrade treatment using mass soil mixing of the sand subgrade adjacent to existing pavement was chosen. This mitigated export of existing material, managing ground water, and risk associated with traditional heavy vibratory compaction of damaging adjacent existing pavement. Works were completed before international traffic roared back to life. 

Airports in Queensland won 7 of the 17 categories, underscoring the essential role aviation plays in Australia’s most decentralised state, with Cairns Airport and Mackay Airport also picking up awards.  

Brisbane Airport CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff accepted Brisbane Airport’s wins at the AAA event in Melbourne.  

“Environmentally sustainable growth is what we’re all about, and I’m really proud Brisbane Airport continues to lead the way. Our demonstrated commitment to sustainability is evidence of the real care we have for not only the future of aviation, but more importantly, for the planet. 

“We are the first Australian airport to host and support a hydrogen electric aircraft trial, the first to investigate blue carbon, the first to achieve ACI Level 4 accreditation, the first to use AI to reduce water and power use, and the first to represent the airport sector on the JetZero Council. 

“To share the award for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with Melbourne Airport was special, because of our collaboration on Australia’s first all-female flight end-to-end. When we work together, magic things happen. 

“To be recognised across Engineering, Commercial, Environment, plus Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, is powerful because you need all these elements to come together to build a successful airport.” 

AAA Chief Executive James Goodwin said there were 65 airports and organisations nominated for this year’s awards. 

“The awards acknowledge the amazing work being at Australian airports and the innovation and leadership of the dedicated people who work in the sector,” Mr Goodwin said. 

Video of award presentation:  download here

Photo of BNE team with awards: download here   

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