The gateway recorded the fastest rate of growth in international passengers since 2005, with more than 4.92 million travellers in 2014, equating to an increase of 5.5% (or an additional 256,000 passengers) on 2013 figures.
Domestic passenger figures also increased modestly by 1% to 17.08 million, or 173,000 more travellers than the previous year.
Julieanne Alroe, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and managing director, says that overall 2014 was an exceptional year for the airport, defined by a number of key milestones, launches, events and developments.
“2014 was an extremely busy year at Brisbane Airport on all fronts, notably 18 international airlines increased frequency of services to/from Brisbane or up gauged aircraft on popular routes during the year and the establishment of a Tigerair base at BNE was very positive news for travellers.
“Major events hosted in Brisbane, Queensland and abroad including the G20, Australian Tourism Exchange in Cairns, FIFA World Cup in Rio and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow all contributed to increased passengers through BNE,” Alroe says.
Alroe continues: “While business as usual continued at the terminals we significantly ramped up our infrastructure programme in 2014 with our commitment to invest more than A$3.5 billion (€2.45 billion) over the next decade building critical infrastructure and upgrading current facilities.
“Everywhere you look there are upgrades happening at Brisbane Airport including new aprons, cycle and pedestrian access improvements and our New Parallel Runway, which is now fully surcharged and being stabilised ready for the next phase of construction.
“The A$45 million (€31.5 million) redevelopment of the International Terminal is also rapidly nearing completion and the A$10 million (€7 million) upgrade of the Common User check-in at the Domestic Terminal continues, among some 50 other projects currently being delivered.
“We look forward to an equally busy 2015 and working with our airline, industry and business partners in attracting more flights to the city so we can continue to grow Brisbane and Queensland’s profile as a major gateway to Australia and an exciting and progressive city and state.”