An inter-terminal monorail is on the cards for Brisbane Airport, with the proposed transport system part of the 2014 Master Plan released today.
Operating to transfer passengers between domestic and international flights, the proposed monorail line also links to the Skygate shopping district – a welcome hangout for passengers with long connection times.
The existing parallel runway project is predicted to propel the airport to nearly 1,000 flights each day, reaching the current size of Singapore, Hong Kong and Amsterdam’s Schipol by 2034.
While the airport will rely on bus transfers in the short term, a Mass Transit System (MTS) is earmarked for construction between 2019 and 2024, with the elevated monorail a possible contender.
Although mooted in the airport's Master Plan, a Brisbane Airport Corporation spokeswoman was quick to highlight to Australian Business Traveller that "the mass ground transit plan detailed in BNE’s draft Master Plan is conceptual only at this time.
"It is one of many options BNE is looking at to manage the expected growth over the next 20 years."
Also highlighted in the Master Plan is an extra passenger terminal for both domestic and international flights, to be located in the vast space between the existing terminals.
It’s also proposed that the domestic terminal will more than double in size, with the addition of remote gate lounges aimed at regional and low-cost airlines.
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