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If you look at Brisbane Airport, you would have to say this is a

place going somewhere. This is a place that wants people to come

here. So, I think we are in that part of the world where most of

the major decisions in aviation are going to be made …

- Former Prime Minister Paul Keating on opening the new International Terminal at Brisbane Airport, September 1995

BNE March/April 2016 |

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BNE September/October

BRISBANE AIRPORT NEWS

FOLLOW BRISBANE AIRPORT

CATHAY PACIFIC

celebrates 70 years

flying in September and an Aussie was one

of its founding partners so it’s no surprise

the airline has had a long history flying

to Australia. Established in 1946 (its first

aircraft

pictured left

), the airline first

touched down in Brisbane on 4 August

1982 with a Boeing 747-200 aircraft,

offering one service a week to Hong

Kong. Today it offers 11 flights a week on

the route aboard sleek new Airbus 330s

and the airline serves 180 destinations

across 50 countries. For flight information

see

www.cathaypacific.com

GRANTS

FOR

COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Since Brisbane Airport Corporation launched

its Community Giving Fund two years ago

more than $200,000 in cash grants have been

handed out to schools and community groups.

Volunteer marine rescue services, sailing for

people with disabilities, seniors groups and

sporting clubs are just a few that have received

grants to boost their services or fund a project.

Meadowlands Men’s Shed, for example, is just

one of many set up to improve the general health

and well-being of men after retirement and

it has been very active in its local community,

making things for aged care centres, running

woodwork classes and supervising school

holiday projects. It used its cash grant to buy

equipment that is now being used to build

custom-made tables forMt Gravatt Special

School. Applications for community grants are

now open for the next round of funding. Apply

online before 30 September 2016 at

www.bne.com.au/community/giving

70

YEARS

IN THE SKY

2016

1995

This year Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal turns 21

and

has been recently transformed into an oasis of leisure, shopping and

dining zones for travellers which has been a great success, welcoming

even more passengers during the year.

International travellers now account for 5.27 million passengers,

boosted over the year by China Southern’s new year-round daily

direct flights to Guangzhou and Qantas’ new direct flights between

Brisbane and Tokyo. Looking ahead those numbers are expected

to increase further following the launch of new direct flights to

Vancouver with Air Canada which started in June and new year-

round flights to Shanghai with China Eastern which are scheduled

to start in December.

The number of domestic passengers at Brisbane Airport also rose

over the year to almost 17.2 million.