Queensland holidays to finish on a high

International Terminal record to be smashed on Sunday

Brisbane Airport is gearing up for a bumper weekend as Queenslanders make a late dash home at the end of the school holidays.

A total of 300,000 people will travel through the Domestic Terminal and International Terminal over 5 days. 

A post-pandemic record is forecast in the International Terminal with the number of daily passengers to exceed 13,000 for the first time since 2019. Numbers will be boosted with China Airlines increasing the frequency of Brisbane-Taipei flights and restarting Brisbane-Auckland services. 

Despite more than a million people passing through the terminals these school holidays, Brisbane Airport has functioned smoothly, with the maximum wait time to pass through security peaking at 20 minutes only during the busiest periods. 

“This has been a very smooth period for travellers. Brisbane Airport and our airline partners have worked hard to ensure Queenslanders could get away for a well-deserved break. We’ve also been the gateway for thousands of tourists to enjoy what Queensland has to offer, with huge benefits for jobs in our tourism industry,” according to Stephan Beckett, Head of Public Affairs at Brisbane Airport. 

High passenger numbers are reflected on flights right across Brisbane Airport’s destination board. BNE offers connections to 53 domestic ports, making it the most connected airport in Australia and an essential hub for Queensland’s regional towns and cities. 

Passengers are advised to plan ahead to ensure smooth travelling by: 

-Arriving at the Domestic Terminal 90 minutes prior to departure 
-Arriving at the International Terminal 3 hours before their flight 
-Booking taxi and rideshare in advance as some travelers have reported delays 
-Booking car parking as far in advance as possible, as demand at BNE has surged with more people opting to drive 
-Checking in on-line with your airline in advance 
-Where you can, take carry-on luggage only, although we understand that is not always possible. 

International capacity will be further boosted in the coming month to meet growing demand. In late October, United Airlines commences direct San Francisco to Brisbane flights, further establishing BNE as a hub for Queensland’s job generating tourism industry. 

The number of seats across the Tasman is also about to be boosted. Qantas will shortly double the number of services between Brisbane and Auckland from late October (to twice daily). In another boost, Virgin Australia will commence Brisbane to Queenstown services from early November. 

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