How we will take the fight to larger southern states
BRISBANE Airport will challenge Sydney and Melbourne as the country’s premier international gateway over the next quarter century, serving an area stretching from north Queensland to Newcastle.
Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff said the airport would probably never catch the southern capitals but competition for lucrative international travellers would intensify. “A good example is China and North America, where we are under served at the moment so we have passengers flying in to southeast Queensland via Syd- ney for example. That’s going to change. Those passengers prefer to have a direct connection to southeast Queensland.”
He said business and commercial passengers would increasingly demand direct links to Queensland’s biggest airport, which would serve as a hub for travel through the state.
Chris Mills, CEO of Queensland Airports Limited, which owns the Gold Coast Airport, said the expected influx of international passengers would ensure southeast Queensland remained the most competitive airport market in Australia.