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Brisbane Airport (IATA: BNE, ICAO: YBBN) is located in the Brisbane suburb of Eagle Farm, Queensland, Australia.

Brisbane Airport has an International Terminal, a Domestic Terminal and a cargo terminal. Both of the passenger terminals have a number of shops and cafeterias.

The airport won Best Privatised Airport of 2005 by the International Air Transport Association IATA. A $280 million dollar upgrade is in the beginning-execution stages at the International Terminal. Brisbane's $400 million parallel runway project is close to a reality after a dramatic rise in passenger numbers over the last 3 years. Annual passenger numbers in Brisbane are expected to reach more than 22 million by 2012 and more than 35 million by 2023.

Brisbane Airport is accessible by road from Brisbane's Gateway Motorway and from the city, and by rail using the AirTrain service that is linked to the area's commuter system. A new Airport Link motorway is planned to connect the Brisbane CBD and airport.

Brisbane's original main airport was Archerfield aerodrome to the south-west of the CBD. A smaller airstrip existed at Eagle Farm, which was where the Southern Cross first landed in Australia after its trans-Pacific flight in 1928. During the Second World War Brisbane was the headquarters of the Supreme Commander of Allied forces in the South West Pacific Area, General Douglas MacArthur. The United States armed forces considerably upgraded Eagle Farm airfield to cater for military flights. After the war this became Brisbane's main civilian airport with many of the original hangers used as passenger and freight terminals, up to the 1980s.

By the 1970s it was clear that the facilities at Eagle Farm were inadequate for a city of Brisbane's size and anticipated growth. The Federal Government announced the construction of a new airport to be built immediately north of Eagle Farm. The new airport was built on the former Brisbane residential suburb of Cribb Island that was demolished to make way for the airport. Large amounts of sand were pumped from nearby Moreton Bay to bring much of the swampy land above the range of tides.

In 1995 the Australian Federal Government announced it would be selling its airports around Australia. The airport was acquired on a 50 year lease by a consortium of governmental and financial interests led by Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, which now holds the management contract for the facility. In line with Schiphol's overall policy, Brisbane Airport is now at the heart of a master-planned "Airport City" development and a partner in the Australia TradeCoast economic development zone.

Proposals to build a parallel runway eventually (when it is necessary) have been the subject of controversy led by some local politicians. This was a key element of the airport's Master Plan, approved by the Australian Government in 2003. Under federal law, developments at major Australian airports do not require approval by local or state planning authorities. [citation needed] An Airport Link motorway has been proposed to allieviate congestion on airport approach roads and nearby suburbs.

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