Brisbane Airport named among world's best

BRISBANE Airport, Australia's third-busiest, has been named among the top 25 airports across the globe by travellers in the 2010 Skytrax World Airport Awards.Announced during a ceremony in Brussels on Tuesday (GMT) the title of the world's best went to Singapore's Changi Airport.

The awards were based on a survey of airport customers that was carried out between July 2009 and March 2010.

Chairman of Skytrax, Edward Plaisted, said more than 9.8 million survey interviews were completed in deciding the awards.

Brisbane Airport was named in 18th place overall.

Brisbane Airport spokesperson Jim Carden said it was a pleasant surprise, following the recent nomination as Australia's best performing Airport by the ACCC.

"We are very proud of this achievement, and to be the only Australian airport listed in the top 25 is very pleasing. These are important awards, voted by the best judges of all - the travelling public,” he said.

“This award is a tribute to our partners. Brisbane Airport Corporation is just a small company of 200 employees. It’s the 320 businesses and 17,000 airport workers who ensure Brisbane Airport is operating at a world class standard.

"We are especially pleased given the fact we are in the midst of a major infrastructure program, including our newly opened Moreton Drive, the refurbished International Terminal and the upcoming redevelopment of the Domestic Terminal.

These are all critical investments to keep the airport ahead of capacity demand, but undertaken in a tough financial and operating environment.

"We certainly won't rest on our laurels, as we are determined to make Brisbane Airport even better for our airline customers and more importantly for the millions of Queenslanders and indeed Australians who rely on efficient, flexible 24 hour connections to the world,” Mr Carden said.