Con­nect­ing In­dia and Bris­bane

Bris­bane is ea­ger to wel­come more In­di­ans to visit and ex­pe­ri­ence Queens­land in the next decade, says An­drew Brodie, Gen­eral Man­ager—Air­line & Re­tail Man­age­ment, Bris­bane Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion.

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Q When can we ex­pect di­rect flights from In­dia to Bris­bane?

We are in talks with In­dian car­ri­ers for a long time and we hope to make some an­nounce­ment in the course of the next 12-24 months. In the mean­time, we are fo­cused on work­ing with Tourism Events Queens­land and Tourism Aus­tralia in In­dia to bring ca­pac­ity via the big hubs like Sin­ga­pore or Kuala Lumpur or even Dubai from where we get ca­pac­ity di­rectly into Bris­bane.

Q What drives In­di­ans to visit Bris­bane?

Queens­land is very pow­er­ful in terms of min­ing and earns mar­ket share of all trade be­tween Aus­tralia and In­dia. The other thing we are blessed is with ed­u­ca­tion. We have about 13 per cent of all In­dian stu­dents who are ed­u­cated here in South East Queens­land and we want to keep grow­ing this. We are work­ing closely with Bris­bane Mar­ket­ing, Tourism and Events Queens­land to show­case the best of ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties in this state. We have a safe and clean en­vi­ron­ment and we are work­ing hard to show­case the best of ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties we have to of­fer. An­other as­pect is tourism and we can­not wait for more In­di­ans to visit and ex­pe­ri­ence th­ese places. An added ad­van­tage is that Aus­tralians and In­di­ans love cricket. With play­ers like Brett Lee and Michael Kasprow­icz sup­port­ing us, it is a great op­por­tu­nity for us to at­tract more In­di­ans be­cause we know they are also truly pas­sion­ate about the game.

Q Any new fa­cil­i­ties at the air­port? How do you think it would ben­e­fit In­dian trav­ellers?

We are build­ing a sec­ond run­way set to be­come op­er­a­tional in the next 24 months. We are spend­ing 1.8 bil­lion AUD on the par­al­lel run­way plus ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture which will take us from 52 move­ments an hour to over 110 move­ments per hour. That is more move­ments per hour than any other port in Aus­trala­sia, which would mean that the ca­pac­ity would in­crease man­i­fold. We do a lot of re­search – both qual­i­ta­tive and quan­ti­ta­tive to un­der­stand the needs and wants of the In­dian trav­eller. We know that food is very im­por­tant and so from the restau­rant per­spec­tive, we are cur­rently plan­ning to ex­pand the in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal to the North which will al­low for more duty-free and re­tail prod­ucts and restau­rants.

Q What is the next big step re­gard­ing Bris­bane Air­port?

Bris­bane Air­port op­er­ates 24*7 so there is no cur­few. Syd­ney air­port is cur­fewed, the air­port to our south is cur­fewed. Also, from a ca­pac­ity point of view Syd­ney air­port is be­com­ing a ter­mi­nal and run­way con­straint dur­ing peak hours. So we have the op­por­tu­nity to bring more ca­pac­ity di­rectly from In­dia via the big hubs di­rectly into Bris­bane, po­si­tion­ing us as a ma­jor gate­way into Aus­tralia.

Q A lot of ho­tels have come up in the re­cent past in Bris­bane. What does that in­di­cate?

We have eight new ho­tels con­structed with 15 more to come. The city has been wit­ness­ing ma­jor de­vel­op­ments—the Queens Wharf De­vel­op­ment is set to open in 2021 and will 50 new restau­rants, new casino and new am­phithe­atre, and shop­ping fa­cil­i­ties among other fa­cil­i­ties. From there, we have the Howard Smith Wharves De­vel­op­ment and other de­vel­op­ments which will have ma­jor ho­tels and en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas. With Pull­man and ibis hav­ing opened last year, Bris­bane Air­port it­self now has three ma­jor ho­tels.

We are cer­tain that we can show­case the best pro­duce of South East Queens­land and of­fer su­perla­tive op­tions of the same to our In­dian vis­i­tors

An­drew Brodie Gen­eral Man­ager—Air­line & Re­tail Man­age­ment, Bris­bane Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion

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