Workforce will be population of major city
MORE than 46,000 people e will work at Brisbane Airport within the next quarter of a century. The workforce, double the current 23,830, will account for one in every 100 Queenslanders employed.
A further 21,000-plus will be employed by businesses involved in the supply chain to the hub. New analysis of the airport’s economic influence reveals tens of thousands more jobs will be created around the state through tourism, agricultural exports and other sectors.
“Brisbane Airport is an incubator of success,’’ said Queensland Economics Advo- cacy Solutio Solutions f founder d Nick Behrens, who compiled the report. He says a “rich tapestry’’ of 426 companies do business directly with the airport. Three-quarters are small businesses and 69 per cent are located on site. Eighty-three per cent of them rate their performance as good, very, good or excellent.
“The patronage that’s going through that airport is just going to increase and increase and increase,” Mr Behrens said. “And the new parallel runway will be a real boost.”
Some 73 per cent of airport businesses believe the new runway (artist’s impression pictured) will have a positive im impact on their companies, with 42 per cent expecting to employ more people as a result.
The airport’s direct econo omic contribution is currently $ $2.6 billion a year, with a furth ther $1.4 billion indirect benefit. f Those figures are projected to hit $5.3 billion and $2.7 billion by 2040-41.
But Mr Behrens said the “enabling” effect of Brisbane Airport on the state’s economy, and regional towns in particular, is one of Queensland’s best-kept secrets.