BNE May/June 2017 |
Kong this summer
In response to growing demand for business and leisure
travel to Queensland, Cathay Pacific will increase capacity
and add more non-stop services between Hong Kong
and Brisbane next summer. From late October to March
the airline will operate 11 non-stop flights between the
two cities. The new flights will also provide even better
connectivity to onward destinations such as London. The
new services will operate from 29 October 2017 to 24
March 2018. For details seewww.cathaypacific.com.au
Brisbane Airport’s foreign currency collection
globes, located within the International
Terminal, have raised funds to help Brisbane
man Johaan Kaa be fitted with new limbs
after he contracted a meningococcal infection
more than two years ago. Brisbane Airport
Corporation has donated $40,000 to Kaa which
will contribute to the cost of a new ‘bionic’ arm.
While he is still some way from being able to
meet the cost of the high tech arm, which can
be as high as $90,000, Kaa has a temporary
prosthetic and the keen golfer has been able to
swing a club again for the first time in more
than two years thanks to a local firm that has
made him a special club attachment. Paul
Hodgkinson from Coorparoo-based Model
Consultants International is also working on a
prototype hand (
) for Kaa to trial.
Kaa travels throughout south east
Queensland as a public speaker – and helps
others raise funds for their own causes. In
September he plans to walk 10km alongside
Bill Tindall who will be running solo from
Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast to raise funds
for the Morcombe Foundation and already
hundreds of students have pledged to join him.
Top team at BNE
Travellers have voted Brisbane Airport (BNE) a
winner in the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards.
The airport won Best Airport in Australia/Pacific
Region and Best Airport Staff Service in Australia/
Pacific Region at the global awards announced
in Amsterdam. Brisbane Airport also rose higher
in the ranks of World’s Top 100 Airports, to
#16 in the world and to #5 in the category of
20-30 million passengers. It is the second time
Brisbane Airport has won each award and in his
congratulations Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax,
said: “It underlines how much Brisbane Airport
continues to improve standards of customer
service to be recognised with these awards.” The
results were calculated from almost 14 million
survey responses received between July 2016 and
February 2017 from more than 100 different
nationalities about their experiences with airport
check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and
immigration through to departure at the gate.
Qantas has opened its new Domestic Business Lounge and Premium Lounge Entry at
Brisbane Airport as part of the airline’s multi-million dollar upgrade across both terminals.
It opened its new lounge at the International Terminal in October last year and the final
stage of the upgrade program will be complete when a refurbished Qantas Club and new
Chairman’s Lounge opens at the Domestic Terminal later this year. Valet facilities will also be
revamped to provide direct access to the terminal and Premium Lounge Entry.
The new Premium Lounge Entry is a first for Qantas and offers top tier Frequent Flyers
an exclusive check-in area, bag drop, security screening and escalator with direct access to
the new Lounge Precinct. The Domestic Business Lounge is bigger than before with a seating
capacity of more than 350 and dining options include a ‘cantina’ serving fresh Mexican dishes.
Barista coffee is served all day, a wine bar is open from midday and a new ‘Quench hydration
station’ offers non-alcoholic drinks such as a signature tisane blend and infused water.
Of course, there’s a work zone with wireless printing, power and data outlets throughout,
Wi-Fi, TVs with Foxtel and even shower suites.
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