Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has entered into a ‘Sister-Airport’ agreement with the Chongqing Airport Group of China which will see the two airports share expertise on operational and commercial development and tourism market development.
BAC General Manager, Airline and Retail Management, Andrew Brodie, who signed the MOU on BAC’s behalf, said the most important outcome of the Memorandum of Understanding was the agreement to work cooperatively toward a direct service between the mega-market of Chongqing, with its 30 million plus residents, and Brisbane.
The Sister-Airport agreement reflects the close ties between Brisbane and Chongqing developed under the Sister-City relationship since 2005. The MOU signing took place during Lord Mayor Cr Graham Quirk’s recent business mission to China.
The Lord Mayor said the signing of the Sister-Airport Agreement with Chongqing Airport further strengthened Brisbane’s cooperative relationship with its largest sister city.
“The Sister-Airport Agreement presents opportunities for both cities to work closely together through the exchange of expertise and experience,” Cr Quirk said.
“It will strengthen the cooperative bond between our cities and comes at a time when securing more direct flights from our largest international visitor market, China, remains a priority for Brisbane.”
Mr. Brodie said BAC was grateful for the City’s support as the Airport developed a greater presence in China.
”We are pleased to be able to work closely with the Lord Mayor and Brisbane City Council, through Brisbane Marketing, to leverage the strong ties they have developed in a number of Sister-Cities across China,” he said.
“Government support is essential to our success in developing more direct aviation ties with China and this new airport agreement is a good example of how we can work together to advance the interests of Brisbane and the region.”
Chongqing Airport is a major aviation hub for western China, servicing more than 35 million passengers annually. Last month the airport opened its latest terminal, Terminal 3, now one of the largest airport terminal buildings in the world.
The 530,000 sqm terminal, which began construction in August 2012, has 94 aircraft parking stands, giving it an annual capacity of 45 million passengers, 1.1 million tonnes of cargo and 373,000 aircraft movements.
Brisbane and Chongqing Airport executives will hold their first meeting under the new relationship as part of the World Routes Development conference occurring in Barcelona in the coming days.