Brisbane Airport makes a difference during G20 summit

Media Release


19 November 2014

Despite additional pressure on the system and poor weather conditions in the southern capitals, Brisbane Airport is to be congratulated for ensuring passengers enjoyed minimal disruption during last weekend's G20 summit.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss thanked Brisbane Airport for its role in delivering an exceptional and safe experience for Heads of State from around the globe.

“Brisbane Airport delivered an exemplary experience for passengers through this busy time, meeting a significant challenge head-on,” Mr Truss said.

“While four separate special event zones operated across the airport, the Brisbane Airport Corporation team managed all movements and logistics with an outstanding 100 per cent safety and security result.

“More than 70 G20 aircraft arrived and departed in Brisbane, requiring careful planning, attention to detail and communication.”

Mr Truss said on-time performance for the Brisbane Airport throughout the G20 long weekend had averaged 81.6 per cent.

“Of course this is a great result for Brisbane Airport, comparable to total industry on time performance during business as usual periods,” he said.

“But it's also a great result for the city of Brisbane, Queensland and the country that so many leaders and their extensive delegations enjoyed such smooth passage under trying circumstances.

“To deliver this outstanding service, Brisbane Airport coordinated with partners across several Australian Government agencies, including Airservices Australia, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

“The Airport's efforts to manage peak periods over the weekend were particularly outstanding, especially last Friday when leaders from Russia, Germany, China and Canada arrived within 90-minutes of each other.

“Brisbane and its people can feel very proud of their hosting of the G20, which is already being billed as the best ever.”