Bumper Christmas expected for Brisbane Airport due to strong growth

14 December 2010

 

Brisbane Airport has so far experienced 5.3% growth in International passengers and 7.4% growth for Domestic passengers compared to last financial year, showing signs of a record Christmas season ahead.

 

For the month of November 344,607 passengers passed through our international terminal building, while 1,347,139 flew domestic, resulting in strong growth figures of 3.1% and 7.4% respectively.

 

Brisbane Airport Corporation spokesperson, Rebecca Masci said the growth in passenger numbers was the result of significant capacity increases in the international and domestic arenas the strong Australian dollar and stable interest rates.

 

“Visitors from China increased by a huge 18.9% in November, which is thanks to China Southern’s strong entry into the market (three times weekly to Guangzhou) last month,” Ms Masci said.

 

“The strong growth on the domestic front was due to the injection of more than 177,000 seats (+11.9% on November 2009), with Tiger Airways leading the charge by adding the greatest number of seats of all the domestic airlines.”

 

Ms Masci said with such strong growth in the lead up to Christmas, record passenger numbers are expected during the holiday season at the Domestic Terminal, and people should allow extra time and plan ahead.

 

“We’re expecting record passengers this Christmas and the Domestic Terminal precinct is currently under construction, so people should be sure to add a half hour onto their travel time to the airport, and visit www.bne.com.au before you fly to find out about the changes around precinct,” Ms Masci said.

 

Hot tips for Brisbane Airport travellers

 

To avoid suffering from 'holiday hysterics’ and become your family’s ‘holiday hero’, Brisbane Airport has put together a number of hot tips to get you speedily through the airport this Christmas and onto your holiday destination as quickly and pain-free as possible.

 

  • Allow extra time: Allow an extra half hour onto your trip to the airport to ensure you’re not panicked about meeting your flight.
  • Pre-plan your transport: Before you fly, plan your trip. Go to www.bne.com.au for all the options on how to best get to and from the airport over Christmas. On the website you find videos on how to navigate the new roads, maps of for the best car parks, and transport options.
  • Check-in online: If you have internet access, log-on to your airline's website and check-in the day before you fly. Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Tiger offer online check-in. This will save you the time and hassle of checking-in at the airport. Also, if you have the option of choosing your seat, try to choose one as close to the front of the plane as possible. This will mean you'll be one of the first off the plane when you land.
  • Coffee Hit: For the early fliers who need a morning coffee hit, Merlot coffee can help you out the moment you walk through the door of the Domestic Terminal. Feel free to take your coffee up through the check-in and security screening point.
  • Avoid Excess Baggage: If you're only taking a short trip, avoid checking-in luggage where necessary. This will save you waiting for it to arrive on the baggage carousel at the other end of your trip. If you do need to take luggage, check the weight limit with your airline before you leave, to avoid paying for any extra kilos. You can often find this info on airline websites.
  • Watch what You Wear: While it always seems like a good idea to dress-up to travel so you arrive in your new city looking your best, often this can mean extra time at the security passenger screening point. For the men, avoid big coats, hats, and big metal belt buckles, and for the ladies also avoid stilettos and chunky fashion jewellery. These items have a tendency to set off passenger screening point alarms and you'll add an extra five minutes to the screening process, taking clothing items on and off. As a general rule, the less layers the better.
  • Double-check for prohibited items: Before you leave home, double check you've taken out any prohibited items, like nail files and scissors. This will save you having to surrender them on the day. If you're taking a laptop, you'll need to take the computer and all it's accessories out of the bag before it goes through screening. Get organised in advance - use the tables and trays provided to do this and avoid blocking the queue. Your fellow passengers will thank you for it!
  • Enjoy the food, beverage and shopping to relax: If you have a bit of time once you've made it through the screening point, check out the food, beverage and shopping on offer upstairs. It's a good way to relax and get in the mood before jumping on your plane to your Christmas holiday destination.
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