As I’m based in Brisbane, this is my home airport and one I’m incredibly fond of. I’ve spent a lot of time at this place, even if I wasn’t flying somewhere, I’d be happy to spend hours upon hours at the airport spotting aircraft and watching day to day operations.
As time goes on, airports are always expanding and growing to help assist with the increase in passenger numbers and the overall volume of aircraft frequently arriving and departing.
In Brisbane over the past few years, we’ve seen some significant improvements on the passenger terminals, lounges, surrounding roads, airport hotels and of course the most prominent project – the new runway which will run parallel to the existing 01R/19L.
Today I was fortunate to be able to witness the painting of some runway markings. The airport is getting very close, and the last major patining is getting done.
Brisbane’s new runway will officially open on July 12th
After a long time coming, the runway will open on July 12th, 2020. The airport will be putting something on to celebrate, so continue reading to find out more information on that.
I thought it’d be a cool idea to list some cool information and interesting facts about the new runway.
- The airport will be running a fun run to commemorate the opening
- 6,780 litres of paint will be hard to over a distance equal to 120 kilometres
- 1.3 tonnes of glass beads have been used which assists in making the paint more reflective
- The overall cost of the new runway is AUD 1.1 Billion. However, the airport has managed to save $200 million.
- Over 7800 jobs are expected to be created by 2035
- The new runway is also expected to bring in an additional $5 billion worth of revenue – that’s crazy!
- Construction has been going on for 8 years
As I mentioned in the post, the airport will be putting on a fun run, and it will be open to the public. To get a chance to participate, you’ll want to sign up to Take-off eNews (here’s the link) as this will give you the best chance of getting tickets.
This is quite different from what I usually post, but it’s definitely a big thing as this will really help Brisbane and Queensland to expand and also bring new jobs and opportunities.