Economic Impacts

Restrictions on 24-hour operations at Brisbane Airport would damage the competitive advantages of the airport with flow-on impacts for economic growth in Brisbane, Queensland, and Australia.

It is estimated that by 2033-34, a 24/7 Brisbane Airport will:

  • generate $13.4 billion contribution to the Australian economy
  • facilitate $7.6 billion in tourism activity
  • support more than 88,000 jobs Australia wide.

Imposing a night-time curfew on Brisbane Airport would have wide-ranging impacts on Queensland and Australia's economic performance in the short-term, and growth potential in the longer term through:

  • Reduced numbers of international and domestic passengers
  • Lost growth opportunities for key industries including tourism, travel, property, and mining
  • The loss of Brisbane Airport's competitive advantage as a flexible 24/7 operation.

Brisbane Airport is one of the fastest growing capital city airports in Australia, offering passengers direct connections to 29 international and 43 domestic destinations.

By 2028-29, overall passenger numbers at Brisbane Airport are expected to grow from 21 million (2011-12) to approximately 43 million. This growth encompasses domestic numbers increasing from 16.8 million in 2012-13 to 37 million in 2033-34, and international passenger demand from 4.5 million to more than 11.3 million people in 2033-34.

Brisbane Airport is Queensland's primary international and domestic tourist gateway, with approximately 33 per cent of international visitors to Queensland's regions arriving through the airport.

More than 20,500 people were employed at Brisbane Airport in 2012-13. This number is expected to increase to more than 51,500 people by 2033-34.

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A curfew on Brisbane Airport would mean:

  • a loss of 328,000 passenger movements each year including more than 160,000 international visitors and domestic holidaymakers
  • a risk of reduced services to key international destinations including Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Malaysia, Taipei, and Denpasar
  • lost growth opportunities for Queensland tourism, travel, freight, aviation/ aerospace, property development, and resources industries.