BRISBANE AIRPORT NEWS
Filling out departure cards before leaving the country may soon be a thing of the past if
Brisbane Airport’s trial of a new Digital Departure Card is successful. The new process uses
the airport’s app to store the necessary personal information in the passenger’s mobile device
prior to arrival at the airport, converts it to a QR code which then can be scanned and
printed at special kiosks inside the International Terminal. The personalised card is printed
out, signed by the passenger and collected by Customs during the normal departure process.
The technology is a first in Australia and came from an idea initially proposed by students
of Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Eventually the project involved students
from business, science and engineering faculties to develop the electronic prototype and
Brisbane-based businessman Stephan Clemens’ company, Kernhard, provided the customised
Travelling overseas? Download Brisbane Airport’s app to use the Digital Departure Card.
returns to Sunshine State
Football legend Robbie Fowler reckons he’s got the
best job in the world. He spent almost 12 years
as a striker with Liverpool football club winning
legions of fans for his goal scoring and earning
the nickname “God” from devoted supporters.
He had played Premier League football for more
than 20 years by the time he officially retired
from match play earlier this year but he continues
to represent his beloved club as an ambassador
travelling the world and promoting the game.
That means in July he’ll be coming to Brisbane
to support Liverpool in a friendly match against
Brisbane Roar. It will be the first visit to the city
by Liverpool FC but Fowler might be able to give
the team a few insider tips about Queensland.
After all, he spent a season with the fledgling
North Queensland Fury in Townsville, became
their first captain and, of course, top goal scorer of
the 2009/10 season.
However, long before he joined Australia’s
A-League (he also played for Perth Glory) he had
scored 183 goals for Liverpool and is one of the
top 10 goal scorers in the history of the Premier
League. He also played for England 26 times and
his record for scoring the fastest ever hat trick
(three goals in one match) still stands … at an
adrenaline-fuelled 4 minutes 33 seconds.
For fans, Fowler will be as much the star to spot
as any player on the field, and he’s a big fan of
Australia. From Liverpool FC headquarters ahead
of his visit he tells
magazine he loved his
time here and says the lifestyle is a big drawcard
for his English brothers – but make no mistake
which side he will be cheering on when he returns
to the Sunshine State!
Liverpool FC plays Brisbane Roar at Suncorp
Stadium on 17 July, supported by Brisbane Airport
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is the best
Brisbane Airport is proving it’s world class and
that’s official. It topped the 2015 Skytrax World
Airport Awards for World’s Best Airport Staff
and jumped up a spot from third to second Best
Airport in the World (Australia/Pacific). It also
jumped up to rank #20 in the Top 100 Airports
in the World (servicing 20-30 million passengers).
Brisbane Airport is also the highest rated
in average quality of service for the 11th year
in row by the Australian Competition and
Consumer Commission (ACCC). The ACCC’s
Airport Monitoring Report reviews quality,
prices, costs and profits of Australia’s four major
international airports – Brisbane, Sydney,
Melbourne and Perth.
While celebrating the results, Brisbane
Airport Corporation CEO Julieanne Alroe is not
complacent and says the airport will continue to
work on improving its infrastructure, technology
and services to make the airport experience more
enjoyable and efficient. Over the next decade it
will invest $3.8 billion in upgrades at terminals,
across the airfield and within the airport precincts
as passenger numbers continue to grow.
The federal government
has approved Brisbane
Airport’s Master Plan
which outlines its 20-year
vision to meet future
demand on the precinct.
Passenger numbers are
expected to double to
about 48 million by 2034
and it is estimated the
airport will contribute
more than $8 billion to
the state’s economy in
that time. View the plan
publications or call
1800 737 075.
BNE May/June 2015 |