Brisbane International Airport, airport code BNE, provides international and domestic air service to the Brisbane region of Australia. The airport is a major hub for Qantas, the nation’s flag carrier. Qantas flies internationally to Los Angeles, Manila, Singapore, and Hong Kong from Brisbane and utilizes its subsidiary, QantasLink, to provide passenger service to about 20 domestic destinations. In addition, Qantas performs any maintenance work necessary on its long-haul fleet at the airport.
Virgin Australia has a similar operation at Brisbane. Virgin Australia provides international flights to Los Angeles and points in New Zealand from its hub at Brisbane. It also provides domestic service to about 15 destinations either under its own logo or subsidiaries Skywest or Alliance. The maintenance facility operated by Virgin Australia at Brisbane services the Boeing planes it flies on its longer routes.
Regional carrier Skytrans also utilizes Brisbane as a hub of its operations. The small airline serves about 25 locations in Queensland with a fleet of 15 de Havilland aircraft. The airline began operations as a charter service but through a series of mergers and acquisitions became a scheduled passenger carrier. It continues to offer charter operations.
Jetstar Airways, utilizing a logo combining the word “jet” with a star, provides budget air service to much of Australia and New Zealand. The airline utilizes Melbourne as its principle hub with subsidiary hubs at four other airports including Brisbane. Jetstar operates a fleet of about 70 aircraft with most manufactured by Airbus. Future plans for the airline include adding the Boeing 787 for international flights. All Jetstar flights at Brisbane international are domestic with the airline serving about a dozen cities.
Brisbane International Airport also provides service to a number of foreign flag airlines. This includes Thai Airways International flying to Bangkok, Korean Air providing service to Seoul, Malaysia Airlines with flights to Kuala Lumpur, Cathay Pacific flying to Hong Kong and Air New Zealand serving a number of cities in that country.
Several cargo airlines provide airfreight service to Brisbane International Airport. All are domestic services with Australian Air Express, Pacific Air Express and Toll Aviation all utilizing hubs in Melbourne to deliver cargo to Brisbane for further distribution.