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Smooth moves: Brisbane Airport sidesteps queues for school holidays

Queensland travellers are arriving early at Brisbane Airport (BNE) to ensure smooth domestic connections for school holiday travel with the International Terminal welcoming a post-pandemic daily record of 10,000 passengers as overseas services ramp up.

Queensland travellers are arriving early at Brisbane Airport (BNE) to ensure smooth domestic connections for school holiday travel with the International Terminal welcoming a post-pandemic daily record of 10,000 passengers as overseas services ramp up.

BNE, flying high after winning Best Airport and Best Airport Staff Australia/Pacific in 2022 at the Skytrax World Airport Awards, is seeing daily passenger numbers grow as the tourism industry revives.

On the last day of Queensland’s school term on Friday, 55,000 people passed through the Domestic Terminal without significant delay with more than 48,000 people expected to transit each day for the start of the holidays.

While Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) reported that the Domestic Terminal has been busy, passengers have passed smoothly through bag drop and security scanning to board full flights, particularly to other Queensland regions.

“We are seeing strong demand for destinations such as Mackay, Cairns and Townsville, which is great news for communities relying on tourism as Aussies seek a dose of winter sun,” BAC head of public affairs Stephen Beckett said.

“Brisbane Airport and our airline partners have boosted capacity as passenger numbers hit fresh records with Queensland on track for a bumper school holiday period.

“We know when our terminals are busy, tourism businesses are doing well and that’s great news for Queensland.”

The July school holidays are expected to be even busier than the previous April break – Sydney Airport has forecasted more than two million passengers between 24 June and 17 July with 1.5 million expected to take a domestic flight. Melbourne Airport is anticipating similar figures.

Top tips for stress-free flights

BAC advises arriving at the Domestic Airport at least 90 minutes before departure or at least three hours for international flights, booking taxi and ride-share services or airport carparks in advance and taking only carry-on luggage where possible to avoid checking-in baggage.

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