Brisbane Airport is the major gateway for business in Queensland, and I’m very pleased work on a parallel runway will get underway in the next few weeks.

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier of Queensland

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The new runway will bring huge economic benefits, create jobs and support our four pillars of resources, construction, agriculture and especially tourism. On top of that, it’s expected that construction work on the runway will create almost 2700 jobs and 7800 ongoing jobs by 2035.

Since coming to office, my government has lobbied to have the construction of the runway get started as soon as possible, not only for the jobs it will create, but for Queensland’s long term economic benefit.

The parallel runway will bring more flights into Brisbane and will give the business community the confidence it needs to book seminars, forums and conferences in Brisbane, safe in the knowledge they will arrive on time.

In the same vein, we can expect a boost to our $22 billion tourism industry, with more visitors coming to Queensland to explore our great attractions. Overall visitor numbers are up 10 pe cent in the past year – the number of visitors from China alone is up 32 percent – and this runway will help bring Brisbane Airport up to speed with some of the major airports around the world. Congratulations to the Brisbane Airport Corporation for its work to date and its commitment to boosting Queensland’s economy into the future.