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The Challenges of Growth for Brisbane

  • 25 May 2023
  • 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Level 34 Riparian Plaza, 71 Eagle St Brisbane

The Challenges of Growth for Brisbane

Every day around 60,000 people rely on the airport for holidays, to connect with loved ones, to get urgent medical treatment, for business, and for FIFO work. By 2040, Brisbane Airport will need to serve 50 million passengers each year and 60 million by 2050.

As the population of our region grows and Brisbane becomes increasingly attractive, so will the demand on the airport facilities. That’s why we’re planning to invest more than $5 billion in the next 10 years to upgrade both terminals, build extra car parking, develop a regional aeromedical hub, expand Skygate and DFO, and build more freight facilities. Brisbane Airport plans to build a third terminal to deal with the extra passengers it is expecting during the run-up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The new terminal is intended to be completed before the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, although the major goal is to accommodate anticipated growth after that time.

Join the discussion as Gert-Jan de Graaff talks on the "Challenges for Growth in Brisbane".


Gert-Jan de Graaff was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd in June 2018.

Current Board appointments include the position of Director on the Airports Council International Asia-Pacific Regional Board in April 2020 and Director on the Australian Airports Association Board in December 2020.

Gert-Jan has more than 25 years’ experience in leadership roles at major airports around the world. He started his career in airport management in 1995 with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in The Netherlands where he had a number of roles. These included management positions in the commercial, finance and strategic departments.

In 2005 Gert-Jan de Graaff was appointed as Managing Director of ASDC AB, the Company that manages and develops the commercial activities in the terminals of Stockholm-Arlanda Airport in Sweden.

Between 2007 and 2012 Gert-Jan held senior executive roles with Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd, including General Manager Commercial Services and General Manager Strategic Planning & Development.

Prior to his return to Brisbane Airport in 2018 Mr de Graaff lead the bid for Galeão / Rio de Janeiro Airport in Brazil on behalf of Royal Schiphol Group and his most recent position was President & CEO of JFKIAT LLC, the private operators of Terminal 4 at John F Kennedy International Airport since 2014.

Previous Board appointments include the position of Chairman of Airport Coordination Netherlands, and Board Memberships with Airports Council International North America (WBP), Air Cargo Netherlands, Cargonaut BV, and several tourism attraction agencies.

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