Australia’s Brisbane Airport to upgrade international terminal

3 December 2013 (Last Updated December 3rd, 2013 13:00)

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has announced plans to invest A$45m ($40.98m) to redevelop its international terminal.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has announced plans to invest A$45m ($40.98m) to redevelop its international terminal.

BAC noted that the project will establish a global benchmark for design and create a unique gateway to the city.

Work on the terminal, which will have a Brisbane-inspired design and additional space to showcase local retailers, is set to commence in February 2014 and is scheduled for completion in mid-2015.

"It is the most ambitious redevelopment we've embarked on since the terminal was first opened."

BAC CEO and managing director Julieanne Alroe said: "Queensland and our cosmopolitan capital city are among the most liveable places on the planet and this project gave us the opportunity to reflect our enviable lifestyle and natural assets in the vibrant redevelopment of the International Terminal."

"We've been planning this project for the past two and a half years. It is the most ambitious redevelopment we've embarked on since the terminal was first opened in 1995."

Local architects Richards and Spence and Arkhefield have been chosen for the project, while travel, transport and branding guru Tyler Brûlé has been hired to help in developing a future plan for airport.

In addition, Queensland artists Sally Gabori and Sebastian Moody have been commissioned to incorporate into the airport.

The newly rebranded budget airline Tigerair has announced plans to open a dedicated base at Brisbane Airport in March, where it will position two new single-aisle A320 aircraft.

The new base is expected to create more than 100 new jobs for positions such as flight, ground crews and ground staff.