Brisbane Airport stays open through 4 am high tide, access remains difficult this morning

By John Walton, January 13 2011
Brisbane Airport stays open through 4 am high tide, access remains difficult this morning

Brisbane Airport has come through the peak 4.6 metre floods without damage to major infrastructure, and remains open this morning.

Updated arrival and departure information is not being shown on the airport website due to a continuing glitch, but other flight information sources (including show almost all flights are planning to depart as scheduled. Rockhampton Airport is the one exception: it will remain closed at least through the weekend and likely through next week as well.

The airport recommends that travellers contact their airline to check that their flight is on schedule.

As expected, Brisbane Airport public transport remains very limited:

  • Airtrain Gold Coast service is running but only to Yeerongpilly, and the airport has confirmed that there is no alternative transport from this point. 
  • South Brisbane station is closed, and the Airport line is running half-hourly.
  • TransLink and Airtrain services are free of charge until further notice.
  • All Brisbane Bus transport services have been suspended for the remainder of Wednesday.
  • TransLink is hoping to run BUZ bus services 111, 130, 140, 150, 200, 333, 345 and 385 today on a half-hourly schedule from 6am.
  • The Mater Hill, Southbank, Cultural Centre, Queen Street and King George Square busway stations are closed.
  • Coachtrans night services for Wednesday night have been cancelled.

Airport and transit authorities are directing questions about public transport to TransLink reports that its Brisbane contact centre is offline due to flooding.

Road closures are still in effect around the airport, although major roads to and from the terminal including Moreton Drive and Airport Drive are open. The Department of Main Roads' reliable high-load website at has contain up-to-the-minute information.

Brisbane City Council continues to post updates on road closures to its Facebook Notes page, and is encouraging everybody apart from staff working on flood response and other essential services to remain outside the flood zone.

Australian Business Traveller's continuing flood coverage

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John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

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