Thirty-one airlines serve the Brisbane Airport, with connections to 29 international destinations and 50 domestic locations. The facility is a major hub for Virgin Australia, and a secondary hub for Qantas and Jetstar airlines. It has the third-busiest landing strips in Australia, serving nearly 23 million passengers annually. Officials project that the total will reach 50 million by 2035.
The airport offers international and domestic terminals for passengers, as well as terminals for cargo and general aviation. There are two runways. The four-level international terminal has 12 bays, each of which features an aerobridge. There are several lounges, and nearby carparks. The terminal underwent a $45 million improvement project in 2014. The two-level domestic terminal provides concourses for Qantas, Qantaslink, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tiger Airways and JetGo.
In 2018, the Brisbane Airport Corp. issued a request for proposals for $40 million worth of terminal upgrades. The plan was to create space for more than 50 shops, restaurants and bars. The 13km drive from the airport into Brisbane takes 15-20 minutes. Travellers also can ride buses or trains to the city centre. The 22-minute trip on the privately operated Airtrain costs $15. Trains also go to the Gold Coast and other popular sites. Shuttle buses charge $12 for transportation from the terminals to area hotels, the Skygate shopping precinct and the city centre.
Shuttle service is available from the airport to the:
- Best Western Airport 85 Motel
- Ibis Budget Motel,
- Novotel Brisbane Airport Hotel
- Novena Palms Motel
- Kingsford Smith Motel
- Airport Clayfield Motel.
Among other nearby lodging alternatives are the:
Some rooms cost as little as $11 per night, while more upscale options rent for more than $150.