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BNE March/April 2016 |

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Take off to

Coffs

Harbour

Brisbane travellers can now fly direct

to Coffs Harbour daily with regional

airline Fly Corporate, owned and

operated by 40-year veteran charter

airline Corporate Air. Flight time

is just an hour and departs 5.30pm

Sunday to Friday from Brisbane and

at 7.15am Monday to Saturday from

Coffs Harbour. Corporate Air has

serviced the central and south eastern

coast since 1972 and introduced the

new flights in response to demand

for a regular service between the two

cities by the Coffs Harbour business

community. It also means the Coffs

Coast of northern NSW, approximately

halfway between Brisbane and Sydney,

is now within easy reach for a short

getaway from Brisbane to enjoy fishing,

surfing, nature trails, whale watching

and adventure activities. Introductory

airfares from $139 one way are available

online at

www.flycorporate.com.au

GLOBES

of good fortune

Got some spare change or foreign

currency you have no use for? Drop it

into one of Brisbane Airport’s Currency

Collection Globes and it will add up to

a valuable donation to help Johaan Kaa.

Brisbane Airport has launched its version

of a ‘crowdfunding’ campaign to help

the father-of-three from the southern

bayside suburb of Alexandra Hills whose

life changed overnight when he left work

early one Friday afternoon with flu-like

symptoms and ended up in hospital the

next day fighting off a meningococcal

infection that almost took his life. By the

time he went home almost six months later

he was wheelchair-bound and his hands

and feet had been amputated.

Kaa has spent the last year rebuilding

his life with wife Phillipa and their three

young children which has meant moving

to a house better suited to his special

needs, relearning everyday tasks most of

us take for granted (like typing emails) and

learning to walk again with prosthetic legs.

When Brisbane Airport heard his story

they decided to step in to help raise funds

for the next step in his rehabilitation –

prosthetic hands. The costs are daunting

for Kaa and his family – estimated to be

about $40,000 per hand – but the good

natured Kaa has won the hearts of his

community with his positive attitude.

Already one day of fundraising in his local

community of Redlands has

raised $12,000. Brisbane

Airport aims to add

to that with the

money collected

from its Currency

Collection Globes

this year. Look

out for them in

both the Domestic

and International

passenger terminals

and drop in a donation

in any currency.

BNE’s

thebest

Brisbane Airport (BNE) has been named Best Airport

Australia/Pacific in the global Skytrax World Airport

Awards 2016 announced in Cologne, Germany. BNE

also ranked 4th in Best Airports in the World (servicing

20-30 million passengers) and stepped up to 17 in the

list of the World’s Top 100 Airports, up from number

20 last year (Sydney and Melbourne followed at 23 and

25 respectively). At the awards announcement Edward

Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax, said Brisbane Airport “is clearly

delivering some of the best airport service standards to

satisfy customers”.

The Skytrax Awards are based on more than 13

million airport survey questionnaires completed by airline

customers of 106 different nationalities across 550 airports

worldwide from June 2015 to February 2016. The survey

evaluated traveller experiences from check-in, arrivals,

transfers, shopping, security and immigration through to

departure at the gate.

Brisbane Airport has also retained its ranking as

Australia’s best airport for quality of service 12 years in a

row in a survey by national consumer and competition

watchdog, the ACCC.

BNE May June

Via

Vancouver

Air Canada’s first direct flight between Brisbane and Vancouver

takes off on 3 June and within weeks flights will take off daily. The

newB787 Dreamliner flights not only provide a direct connection

to Canada but offer a gateway tomore than 100 cities across North

America, including onward connections to NewYork (see our travel

story on page 16). See

www.aircanada.com

BRISBANE AIRPORT NEWS