Brisbane Airport (IATA: BNE, ICAO: YBBN) is the sole passenger airport serving Brisbane and is the third busiest airport in Australia after Sydney Airport and Melbourne Airport. Brisbane Airport has won many awards. Brisbane is currently served with 46 domestic destinations in all States and Territories and 32 international destinations. For the 12 months ending May 2011 total passengers were 20,056,416.
It is a major hub for Virgin Australia, and a secondary hub for both Qantas and its low cost subsidiary Jetstar. It is part of the Brisbane–Sydney air route, which is the twelfth busiest passenger air route in the world, and the seventh busiest in the Asia-Pacific region. It also serves the Brisbane–Melbourne air route, which is the 34th busiest passenger air route in the world Brisbane Airport also has the most domestic connections following Sydney Airport.
Brisbane Airport is home to Qantas' 767-300 and A330 heavy maintenance facility. Virgin Australia has a smaller maintenance facility at the Airport, where line-maintenance on the Airline's 737 fleet is performed. Other airlines, namely QantasLink, and Alliance Airlines also conduct maintenance at their respective facilities at the Airport.
The airport has international and domestic passenger terminals, a cargo terminal, a general aviation terminal and apron as well as two runways. Brisbane Airport is accessible from the central business district by the Gateway Motorway and the Airtrain rail service, which is linked to the Citytrain suburban network. The new Airport Link motorway is planned to connect the Brisbane CBD and airport.
The airport was awarded the IATA Eagle Award in 2005, the second of only two Australian airports to receive such award. Brisbane Airport was voted the best airport in the Australia-Pacific region and the airport with the friendliest staff in the world in the 2008 Skytrax World Airport Awards. In 2009 it was voted the best airport in Australia and again won the friendliest staff award for the Asia Pacific region. The International terminal has also won the Queensland architecture award. In 2010 it was again voted the "Best Australian Airport" by Skytrax and made the worlds top 20 airports.
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“Airplanes are invariably scheduled to depart at such times as 7:54, 9:21 or 11:37. This extreme specificity has the effect on the novice of instilling in him the twin beliefs that he will be arriving at 10:08, 1:43 or 4:22, and that he should get to the airport on time. These beliefs are not only erroneous but actually unhealthy.”
—Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950)