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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

printing solution.

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

23 MAY 2014 | PAGE 3

23 MAY 2014 | PAGE 3




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.

Vision for

the future

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 |


Robbie Fowler