iOS app Android app View apps View mobile website

Airport History

BNE History

 

2014

$45 million terminal redevelopment for Brisbane Airports International Terminal begins

Brisbane Airport opens new $12 million BNE Service Centre

Singapore Airlines celebrate 30 years of service to Brisbane Airport

 

2013

BAC announces $45 million redevelopment plan for Brisbane Airports International Terminal

Brisbane Airport welcomes first Airbus A380 by Emirates Airlines

Philippine Airlines first Brisbane flight commenced 2 June

Garuda's first Brisbane flight commenced 1 August

 

2012 

Unveiling of Brisbane Airports $350 million upgrade by The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, The Hon. Anthony Albanese.

Brisbane Airport opens largest single-structure car park in the southern hemisphere

Brisbane Airport celebrates the arrival of over 21 million passengers in one year

Cathay Pacific Celebrates 30 Years of Service to Brisbane Airport

Hawaiian Airlines first Brisbane flight commenced 28 November

 

2011

Brisbane Airport opens new Common User Satellite at Domestic Terminal

Celebrated the arrival of 20 million passengers in one year

 

2010

Tiger Airways first flight commenced 28 March

China Southern's first Brisbane flight commenced 2 November

 

2009

Second major access point to Brisbane Airport, Moreton Drive, is opened by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh

 

2008

International Terminal expansion is opened by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh

 

2007

New parallel runway construction approved by The Federal Government

Etihad's first Brisbane flight commenced 27 October

 

2004

BAC plans for major infrastructure upgrade; International and Domestic terminal expansions, new parallel runway, two new multi-level car parks, and a new road network

Jetstar's first Brisbane flight commenced 25 May

 

2003

China Airline's first Brisbane flight commenced 16 September

Emirates first Brisbane flight commenced 27 October

 

2001

Aviation industry faces major repercussions worldwide following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre, New York

Collapse of Ansett Airlines, one of Australia's national carriers

 

2000

Virgin Australia's first Brisbane flight commenced 31 August

 

1997

BAC purchases Brisbane Airport for $1.4 billion, including a 99 year land lease from the Australian Federal Government

 

1996

Commonwealth legislation passes allowing the privatisation of major Australian airports

 

1995

Opening of new International Terminal structured in a modular design for future expansion

 

1994

Royal Brunei's first Brisbane flight commenced 15 June

 

1993

Korean Airlines first Brisbane flight commenced 20 July

Eva Airways first Brisbane flight commenced 22 September

 

1990

Malaysia Airlines first Brisbane flight commenced 1 November

 

1988

Runway and control tower for the new Domestic Terminal are opened by Prime Minister Bob Hawke in time for Expo '88

Solomon Airlines first Brisbane flight commenced 28 March

Air Vanuatu's first Brisbane flight commenced 2 April

 

1986

Japan Airlines first Brisbane flight commenced 2 April

 

1984

Singapore Airlines first Brisbane flight commenced 31 March

Aircalin's first Brisbane flight commenced 6 January

 

1982

Thai Airways first Brisbane flight commenced 3 April

Cathay Pacific's first Brisbane flight commenced 4 August

 

1980

First sod is turned by Prime Minister Malcom Fraser for Brisbane airport - dredged Moreton Bay sand is used to stabilise otherwise swampy land for the new Brisbane runway

 

1970's

First commercial jumbo jets arrive

Planning for new Brisbane Airport and International Terminal are underway

Air New Zealand's first Brisbane flight commenced 4 April 1976

Air Niugini's first Brisbane flight commenced July 1975

Fiji Airways first Brisbane flight commenced 1 June 1973

 

1971

The Federal Government reclaims Cribb Island - home to a small farming community - as part of the airport construction project

Relocation of over 900 residents over the next ten years begins

 

1969

The popularisation of air travel confirms the need for a new airport facility, resulting in 2,700 hectares being set aside for a new Brisbane Airport site

 

1950's

Continuous aircraft improvements results in growth of passenger numbers and air freight increases

 

1946

Re-opening of Eagle Farm as Brisbane Airport, with use of American built infrastructure and sealed runways

 

1940's

World War II results in the re-commission of Eagle Farm as an aerodrome and US military base

 

1931

Flight operations at Eagle Farm cease as site is considered too swampy

 

1930

Australian National Airways - later known as Ansett, commence flights between Brisbane and Sydney

First woman to fly solo from Britain, Amy Johnson, lands and famously crashes at Eagle Farm 

 

1928

9 June 1928 sees Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and the crew of the Southern Cross become the first to fly across the Pacific Ocean, landing at Eagle Farm amidst a crowd of 25,000 people, 

Completion of the first solo flight from Britain by Bert Hinkler, lands at Eagle Farm

 

1926

Qantas begins operations at Eagle Farm

 

1925

The 32 hectare site at Eagle Farm is officially chosen as an aerodrome

 

1922

Captain Jack Treacy is the first to land his aircraft, The Queen of Sheba, at Eagle Farm

 

From the archives in pictures

 

Brisbane Airport background