Brisbane Airport gets $45m 'tropical terminal' makeover

By David Flynn, December 4 2013

Brisbane Airport's international terminal is set for a $45 million facelift inspired by 'tropical outdoor living'.

That means high vaulted ceilings, wooden decking, water features, natural light flooding into the terminal and plenty of greenery – mostly live trees, ferns and shrubs but also a fake grass strip as a centrepiece of the waiting area.

An artist's impression of the $45m redevelopment of the International terminal at Brisban...

Work on the extensive facelift is due to begin in February 2014 and be finished by mid-2015.

An artist's impression of the $45m redevelopment of the International terminal at Brisban...

Unsurprisingly, there's also more space set aside for dining and retail.

An artist's impression of the $45m redevelopment of the International terminal at Brisban...

"Most airport terminals are alike, no matter where you are in the world,'' reflects Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO and managing director Julieanne Alroe. "Brisbane is about to break that mould and set a new world-best standard for terminal design.'' 

"When we've finished, our international terminal will be the most impressive and unique in Australia, and completely different from anywhere else in the world" Alroe says.

It's the first makeover since the terminal opened 18 years ago. Last year saw 4.5 million international passengers pass through the airport but that number is expected to rise to 5.8 million by 2018, and exceed 7 million passengers by 2022.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 May 2012

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Looks good, I really Like BNE international.

MEL / SYD take note!!!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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It's a step up, but this seems to me to be BNE attempting to Changi-fy itself. Which is great.

17 May 2011

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Ok so is this the same airport that took years to come up with funding for a 2nd runway? 

09 Sep 2012

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It's always had  two runways.

And what about the terrible state of the Brisbane domestic airport?

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28 May 2012

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HAHA thats right DB, i did say BNE international.

Brisbane domestic is a disgrace!

02 Sep 2013

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From a sydney guy..... brissy is a better airport by far....


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