A Year in Review
BAC's vision is for Brisbane Airport to be world-class and the preferred choice for passengers, airlines and businesses. Underpinning this vision is a commitment to the responsible management and development of Brisbane Airport built on the four pillars of sustainability - economic, environmental, operational and social.
With economic uncertainty across the globe in 2009 causing slower-than-expected passenger growth, BAC's prudent management of capital and investment expenditure, coupled with positive signs of returning growth in 2010, is cause for a renewed sense of optimism.
Brisbane Airport broke its record of 19.4 million passengers, ending the financial year on a high note with seven percent passenger growth in the month of June. The number of routes served by Brisbane Airport is also at an all-time high, with 72 international, domestic and regional destinations now available through 31 airline partners.
Brisbane Airport was listed as Australia's best performing Airport by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in March 2010, and named among the top 25 airports across the globe by travellers in the 2010 Skytrax World Airport Awards.
In early July BAC welcomed the opening of the first stage of the Gateway Upgrade Project: 7 kilometres of new motorway north of the Gateway Bridge and adjoining airport land. This project helped ease congestion and was the first stage of several road improvements in and around the airport.
In a further effort to ease congestion, BAC and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads joined forces to establish Brisbane Airport Tripper (BAT), the first program of its kind at an Australian airport to encourage carpooling and sustainable travel and to cut emissions and congestion.
There have been significant changes at BAC in the past 12-18 months. In July 2010 Julieanne Alroe was appointed CEO and Managing Director of BAC, bringing a wealth of airport knowledge and experience. Just a few months later, former South Bank Corporation CEO Bill Grant was appointed as Chairman of the BAC Board. A major restructure of the company is nearing completion, designed to position the company to meet the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
September 2009 also saw the approval of the 2009 Brisbane Airport Master Plan by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon. Anthony Albanese. The Minister specifically highlighted the importance of community engagement to ensure the impacts and benefits of BAC's investments were clearly articulated, and that the community, local and State Governments were actively involved in the airport's future development.
Following the Master Plan approval, BAC initiated a Brisbane Airport Community Engagement Program, including the already successful Brisbane Airport Community Forums (BACF), a supplementary online forum, an independently chaired community consultation group, an integrated planning forum and the innovative Brisbane Airport Experience Centre.
Former Queensland Governor Major-General Peter Arnison (AO) was appointed as Independent Chair of the Brisbane Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group (BACACG) bringing extensive experience in community relations after working as Chairman of the Traveston Crossing Dam Community Futures Taskforce.
BAC's multi-billion dollar, privately funded infrastructure program continued at a steady pace with the opening of the $220 million, five-kilometre, Northern Access Road and the commencement of the first stage of construction in the Domestic Terminal Expansion Project.
With domestic passenger numbers at Brisbane Airport predicted to increase from around 15 million in 2010 to around 34 million by 2028/29, BAC is committed to ensuring the necessary infrastructure and capacity is in place to cope with forecast demand.Media