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25-year link

Qantas has been operating regional services out of Brisbane Airport for 25 years and,

following the consolidation of three airlines under the QantasLink banner, is now

Australia’s largest regional airline, operating more than 2000 flights each week

to more than 50 destinations across Australia and to Port Moresby in Papua

New Guinea. QantasLink flies direct between Brisbane and Alice Springs,

Hamilton Island, Mackay, Rockhampton and Newcastle and supports

a host of community events in the Sunshine State including the

Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, Winton Outback Festival, the

International Air Show at Bundaberg and Charleville Cup.

Airport news


Brisbane Airport has joined local online news


Brisbane Times

to launch MyBT Airport, a

new web destination that shares news, events

and information about the airport precinct, its

partner airlines and the growing commercial

industry that now supports a workforce of more

than 22,000 people in the area adjacent to the

Brisbane Airport terminals. The community

news site also shares business and careers news as

well as tips on topics from health and wellbeing

to food shopping, posts hot shots from avid

plane spotters and offers special deals from

businesses in the precinct, such as Golf Central,

Jetts Fitness and Skygate shops. Find out more



the region’s best

Brisbane Airport (BNE) has been named Australasia’s

Leading Airport in the World Travel Awards 2016, announced

recently at a gala event in Vietnam. The prestigious awards are

recognised as the ultimate hallmark of quality in the global

travel and tourism industry and winners are selected following

a year-long voting process carried out online by industry

executives and global travellers. It’s not the only award received

by BNE this year. The airport has also been named Best

Airport (Australia/Pacific) in the 2016 Skytrax World Airport

Awards and rated top Australian airport for quality of service

for the 12th year in a row by the Australian Competition and

Consumer Commission (ACCC).


premium lounge

Australia’s first independent guest lounge has opened

in Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal. Plaza

Premium Lounge offers the facilities of a business

class lounge such as smorgasbord food and drinks

service, connectivity and free WiFi to pay-as-you-

go-passengers no matter what airline or what class

they are travelling. It’s a concept spreading to major

airports around the world and the Plaza network

now operates independent lounges in cities such as

Vancouver, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and

London. The Brisbane lounge is open 22 hours a

day and fee for entry is $66. Plaza Premium Lounge

is offering customers a discount on entry to the

adjacent Wellness Spa with any booking until 31

December 2016. See



Travellers can benefit from a bonanza of cheap

new flights on sale now by Tigerair Australia for

new flights from Brisbane to the Whitsunday

Coast (Proserpine) starting March 2017 and to

Perth starting 1 June 2017 as the airline ramps

up services from the Queensland capital. Ticket

prices start from $79 one way to Whitsunday

Coast and from $189 one way to Perth. Flights

to Cairns will also get a boost in the new year

with four more weekly return services to be

added from late March 2017 and one more

weekly service added on the Adelaide route, also

fromMarch. Already more than 70 per cent

of Tigerair’s domestic flights touch down in

Queensland and the new services are expected

to boost the number of passenger seats it brings

through Brisbane Airport to more than 1.5

million per year. For flight details see


China Eastern

will begin direct

flights between Brisbane

and Shanghai four times

weekly from 17 December

2016. Read our insider’s

guide to Shanghai on

page 16.

BNE November/December 2016 |