BAC Plans To Build Terminal 3, Signs Historic Green Energy Contract

BAC Confirms Planning Is Underway for Third Terminal, Enters Into Historic Green Energy Contract

Brisbane Airport Corporation has recently announced that they are now in the planning stage of building a third terminal as part of preparations to accommodate a projected 50 million passengers per year travelling through its terminals by 2040.

The move comes as Brisbane also prepares to host the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics Games, an event which will also bring in an influx of air travellers through BAC’s facilities.


BAC CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff said that BAC is currently running out of terminal capacity and is currently seeking inputs from its airline partners to determine the best location for Terminal 3, which is planned for use by domestic airlines.

Although the area between the two runways could be the most suitable location to minimise aircraft taxiing. It is also close to the current domestic terminal.

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“Terminal 3 will be state of the art so that will be a terminal we’ve built for the 2030s. Sustainability will be front and centre, as will accessibility. We know that come 2032, Brisbane Airport will provide the first and last impression for all Olympic and Paralympic visitors and we take that responsibility very seriously,” Mr de Graaff said.

Apart from Terminal 3, Brisbane Airport is also planning to upgrade the two existing terminals, build extra car parking, develop a regional aeromedical hub, expand Skygate and DFO, and build more freight facilities, at a cost of more than $5 billion.

BAC Confirms Planning Is Underway for Third Terminal, Enters Into Historic Green Energy Contract
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Renewable Energy Agreement

In other developments, BAC also announced that it has entered into a historic six-year renewable energy agreement with Stanwell Corporation.

Under the new agreement, the government-owned energy generator will supply BAC yearly with up to 185 GWh of renewable energy coming from Stanwell’s 800 MW Clarke Creek Wind Farm and the 200 MW Blue Grass Solar Farm projects. 

The renewable energy supply would power operations at the airport including runway lights through to the terminals, electric vehicles refuellers, travellators, escalators, and retail shops, to name a few.