Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey.
Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey.

Brisbane's international airport to get $45m upgrade

BRISBANE Airport's international terminal will undergo a $45 million facelift to cater for an increase in passenger numbers expected over the coming years.

The design has a Queensland feel and will include tropical trees, water features, increased retail and dining spaces and lots of artwork throughout the terminal.

Last year, 4.5 million international passengers passed through the terminal with forecasts predicting that number to rise to 5.8 million over the next five years.

In further good news for the airport, budget airline Tigerair Australia announced on Wednesday (Dec 4) Brisbane would become home to its third Australian base from next year.

The new base, expected to be operational from March, will see the creation of more than 100 new jobs including additional flight and cabin crews as well as ground-staff positions.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the importance of Queensland as an iconic tourism destination meant the new base was an obvious choice for the budget airline.

"We established the $8 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund to secure new aviation business and routes into Queensland," she said.

"Queensland's leisure destinations of Mackay, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast have featured on Tigerair Australia's flight schedule since the airline commenced in Australia in 2007.

"Coupled with the airlines announcement of Sydney-Proserpine service, this announcement will also bring a significant boost to the state's $22 billion tourism industry."

Flights on the new routes are now on sale.

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