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Aviation Industry Overview

The airport's huge catchment area, with more than three million people residing within two hours of the airport, and extensive domestic airline network, is an important factor for airlines operating services to Brisbane.

Currently Brisbane Airport is serviced by 34 airlines, both domestic and international, and is in a unique position of having 45 non-stop domestic destinations on its network, more than any other Australian capital city airport.

While FY11 presented many challenges for the aviation industry as a whole, Brisbane Airport experienced positive, substantial and stable increase in passenger growth across both domestic and international markets, despite major local and global events.

Notable points for Brisbane Airport during the reporting period include:

  • A record 20 million passengers through the International and Domestic terminals in FY11;
  • The injection of 1.4 million seats by various airlines, underpinned by a strong demand for seats from the business sector;
  • More than 1.4 million passengers through the Domestic Terminal in one month, with over 55,000 passengers recorded in one day; and
  • More than 400,000 international passengers in one month and over 16,000 international passengers in one day.
  • Notable points for airlines during the reporting period include:

  • The withdrawal of Japan Airlines (Oct 10) and Philippine Airlines (Nov 10);
  • Brisbane's home carrier, Virgin Australia, celebrating its tenth anniversary and commencing a rebranding and product-refresh process;
  • QantasLink significantly expanding its intrastate schedule, increasing its flight frequency by 15% year-on-year and deploying larger Bombardier Q400 aircraft on many routes. QantasLink now bases 16 aircraft at Brisbane;
  • 'Fly-In, Fly-Out' specialist, Alliance Airlines, expanding its operations at Brisbane Airport, with a 16% increase in aircraft movements;
  • V Australia increasing the frequency of its Los Angeles-Brisbane services to four times weekly;
  • Emirates deploying a B777-300ER on its Dubai-Brisbane-Auckland services, delivering nearly 140,000 additional seats over 12 months;
  • Malaysia Airlines choosing the Kuala Lumpur-Brisbane route for the global launch of its new A330-300 aircraft (Apr 11); and
  • THAI Airways expanding to a daily frequency on the Bangkok-Brisbane route.
  • New domestic markets introduced during the reporting period include:

  • Brindabella Airlines adding Brisbane-Moree (Jul 10);
  • Jetstar adding Brisbane-Melbourne and a Brisbane-Perth service (Dec 10);
  • Aeropelican commencing services between Brisbane and Narrabri;
  • Strategic Airlines commencing services between Brisbane and Gladstone (Apr 11);
  • Tiger Airways launching Brisbane-Sydney and Brisbane-Melbourne (Avalon) flights (Feb 11); and
  • Qantas launching new twice-weekly flights to Broome.
  • New international markets introduced during the reporting period include:

  • Qantas introducing flights to Dallas Fort Worth four times a week (May 11). This service has the distinction of being the longest Boeing 747-400ER flight in the world.
  • Strategic Airlines commencing services from Brisbane, introducing a Port Hedland-Bali service followed by a Townsville-Bali service (Dec 10), and non-stop Bali and Phuket services (Feb 11);
  • China Southern establishing the first link between Brisbane and mainland China with the launch of its three times weekly service to Guangzhou (Nov 10);
  • Cathay Pacific increasing capacity by 10%, growing from ten to 11 weekly frequencies on the Hong Kong-Brisbane route (Nov 10); and
  • China Airlines commencing Trans-Tasman flights, extending their Taipei-Brisbane services to Auckland (Jan 11).
  • FY12 Outlook

    The outlook for FY12 is for moderate-to-strong passenger growth, in part rebounding from the impact of the natural disasters in FY2011.

    On the radar is:

  • The launch of Brindabella Airlines' new Brisbane-Armidale service (Aug 11);
  • The launch of the new ATR 72-500 Virgin Australia services between Brisbane - Gladstone (Oct 11) and Brisbane - Port Macquarie (Oct 11);
  • The staged re-establishment of Tiger Airways' network following its grounding in July 2011;
  • New international routes including Strategic Airlines' flight to Honolulu (Dec 11) and China Southern's upcoming service to Beijing via Guangzhou (Oct 11); and
  • The expectation that other airlines will capture the majority of the passenger base left by Royal Brunei's withdrawal of services from Brisbane Airport.
  • The evolution of various airline alliances will also be of interest to Brisbane Airport in FY2012, including Virgin Australia's relationships with Etihad Airways, Delta Airlines and Singapore Airlines, and Qantas' relationship with Malaysia Airlines.

    Brisbane Airport Corporation looks forward to these and other developments that will further improve the network of connections available to Australia and abroad.