Raised monorail to ferry 48 million passengers to airports

A RAISED monorail has been proposed to ferry 48 million airport passengers and about 50,000 staff through Brisbane Airport's international and domestic terminals in the future.

Brisbane Airport Corporation, which released its 20-year preliminary draft master plan on Monday, is setting the scene for a $2.5 billion investment in airport infrastructure to cope with growing demands.

The plan forecasts airline passengers to grow from 21.6 million in 2012-13 to 48 million by 2034.

Over this same period aircraft movements will grow from 219,000 annually in 2012-13 to about 360,000 annual movements.

The plan predicts Brisbane Airport will contribute $8.2 billion to the Queensland economy and provide about 51,500 full-time jobs within the next two decades.

BAC chief Julieanne Alroe said the master plan, once finalised, would ensure airport planning addressed industry demand and growth, while focusing on achieving a balance between economic development, sound environmental management and sustainability.

"We have looked at the 2700ha that encompasses Brisbane Airport to see where we can best plan for the future. Whether it's a bike path, new road or terminal expansion, every aspect is addressed within the master plan," she said.

The plan details how critical the airport is for the resource sector's fly-in fly-out operations to remote and regional locations, suggesting there would be about 10% increase in general aviation projects as new projects such as those in the Galilee Basin go ahead.

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