Brisbane and Chongqing airports sign deal to boost commercial development
Australian airport operator Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) and China’s Chongqing Airport Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share expertise on operational and commercial development, as well as tourism market development.
The new ‘Sister-Airport’ agreement will enable Brisbane Airport and Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport to provide a direct flight service between the two cities.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said: “The Sister-Airport agreement presents opportunities for both cities to work closely together through the exchange of expertise and experience.
“It will strengthen the cooperative bond between our cities and comes at a time when securing more direct flights from our largest international visitor market, China, remains a priority for Brisbane.”
The new deal will help strengthen the cooperative Sister-City relationship between Brisbane and China that was developed in 2005.
BAC Airline and Retail Management general manager Andrew Brodie said: “We are pleased to be able to work closely with the Lord Mayor and Brisbane City Council, through Brisbane Marketing, to leverage the strong ties they have developed in a number of Sister-Cities across China.
“Government support is essential to our success in developing more direct aviation ties with China and this new airport agreement is a good example of how we can work together to advance the interests of Brisbane and the region.”
The airport executives of the two cities will hold their first meeting under the new relationship as part of the World Routes Development conference, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain.
Image: The front of the Brisbane International terminal. Photo: courtesy of Kgbo / Wikipedia Commons.