Your Guide to Brisbane Airport | YBBN

Your Guide to Brisbane Airport [YBBN | BNE]

Source: Brisbane Airport

ICAO: YBBN | IATA: BNE | Location: Brisbane Airport, Queensland, Australia 🇦🇺📍

Brisbane Airport is the most connected domestic airport in Australia, and it is the third-largest airport in Australia by passenger numbers. Brisbane Airport is the primary airport serving Brisbane and South East Queensland, whilst also serving as a gateway to North Queensland and many Pacific Islands. In 2019, over 24 million people passed through the airport, and this is expected to only increase in the coming years. For Qantas, Virgin Australia, and Jetstar, Brisbane Airport is a vital hub, making it a large part of the Australian aviation sector.


Brisbane Airport by the numbers
Brisbane Airport Aviation Fast Facts
Source: Brisbane Airport

Aerodrome Charts

Source: Airservices Australia


Runway True Heading Surface Type Length Width ILS Available
19L 196° Grooved Asphalt 11,739ft 147ft Yes
19R 196° Grooved Asphalt 10,855ft 197ft Yes
01R 016° Grooved Asphalt 11,739ft 147ft Yes
01L 016° Grooved Asphalt 10,855ft 197ft Yes

19L/01R - Southern Runway: This runway is mostly used for aircraft departing to or arriving from the South or the East, although many aircraft departing to and arriving from the North and West still use this runway as it reduces taxi times. This is the older of the two runways, often known as the Legacy Runway.

19R/01L - Northern Runway: This runway is generally used for aircraft departing to or arriving from the North and West, as this can help separate the traffic, reducing wait times during peak hours and maximising efficiency. This runway is much newer than 19L/01R as it was opened in July 2020, during COVID-19.

Both Northern and Southern: In the case of maintenance needing to be undertaken, sometimes traffic may all be directed to 19R/01L or 19L/01R, this happens mostly during the night when there is little traffic. Both runways can also accommodate the A380/B747.

ATC Configuration

When 19L and 19R are in use...

Screenshot 2024-03-16 at 11.40.09 am

When 01L and 01R are in use...

Screenshot 2024-03-16 at 11.40.32 am


Terminals - Where to Park/Spawn

International Flights

International Terminal

  • Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal has 36 available bays. 23 of these bays have jetbridges available. The bays outlined in red are commonly used for international operations.

  • The bays outlined in yellow are primarily used for cargo operations at Brisbane Airport. These are available as remote gates for commercial aircraft, but they are rarely used for this purpose.

  • The bays outlined in green are the available parking locations for the A380. Bay 75 has three jetbridges because this bay is directly connected to the Emirates lounge for premium passengers.

Domestic Flights

Domestic Terminal

  • Brisbane Airport’s domestic terminal is split between all the domestic carriers that fly into Brisbane, as this is the only terminal available for domestic operations.

  • The area outlined in red and pink is for Qantas and QantasLink operations. Qantas mainline use the bays with jetbridges, whilst QantasLink uses the remote stands outlined in Pink. There are 10 available bays with jetbridges and 8 remote stands. Note: Only QantasLink Dash-8s generally use the remote stands, and the larger aircraft in the QantasLink fleet (E190s, B717s, and A220s) use the bays with jetbridges.

  • The pier outlined in orange is the “Common User” area, where Jetstar, Rex, Link Airways, and all other carriers park. There are 8 bays here with no jetbridges. Note: Aircraft may sometimes use the Virgin Australia and Qantas bays which are closest to the centre of the terminal.

  • The blue and yellow area outlined is for Virgin Australia operations. There are 16 bays available, and 14 of these have jetbridges. The stands outlined in yellow are generally used for aircraft storage or maintenance when not being used.

  • Outlined in green are the stands available to all carriers. These 8 stands are often used to park aircraft whilst not being used, and can sometimes be used as bus gates during peak hours.

Cargo and Other Operations

Logistics and South Apron

  • The aprons within the purple section are most commonly used for cargo operations and aircraft parking, when not in use. These aprons often have a range of different aircraft parked on them, depending on the situation.

  • The aprons within the orange section are used for aircraft storage and long-term parking. There are some aircraft parked here for short periods when not being flown, but during COVID-19 this area was full of stored aircraft.

General Aviation and North Apron

  • The area highlighted in red is most commonly used for General Aviation (GA) aircraft. This includes the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), Rex, Link Airways, and other operators who park their planes here when they are non-operational. Smaller cargo operators use this area to base their aircraft. Private jets, corporate charters, and all light aircraft also use this area.

  • The blue area is Brisbane’s old cross runway (14/32), which has since been decommissioned and converted into aircraft storage/parking. Many aircraft swap into and out of this area depending on operational requirements. During COVID-19, there were lots of aircraft also stored whilst there was no use for them.


  • The hangars circled in red are Qantas and QantasLink hangars.

  • Circled in pink is the Virgin Australia hangar.

  • The hangar circled in blue is the Alliance Airlines hangar.

  • The hangars that are circled in black are a multitude of other operators, these include Nauru Airlines, Airbus, LifeFlight, and others.

Domestic Terminal - How to Pushback

Depicted below are the pushback routes for the central gates at the Domestic Terminal.

Note: There are two pushback points on the Qantas side of the Domestic Terminal. Pushback points #1 and #2 can be used by all single-aisle aircraft, mostly B737s and A320s, etc. Larger aircraft such as the A330s and B787s must be pushed onto pushback point #2 for clearance purposes.


Below is a list of Airlines that operate into Brisbane Airport, split into Domestic and International, and their respective destinations which they serve.

Airline Destination/s
Alliance Airlines Moranbah, Weipa ~~ Charter: Ballera, Cloncurry, Emerald, Mackay, Moomba, Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Roma, Sunshine Coast, The Granites
FlyPelican Charter: Narrabri
Jetstar Adelaide, Ayers Rock, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Mackay, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Proserpine, Sydney, Townsville
Link Airways Armidale, Biloela/Thangool, Bundaberg, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Inverell, Narrabri, Orange, Tamworth, Wollongong
National Jet Express Charter: Emerald, Moranbah, Rockhampton
Qantas and QantasLink Adelaide, Cairns, Hamilton Island, Mackay, Melbourne, Mount Isa, Perth, Port Hedland, Sydney, Townsville, Adelaide, Albury, Alice Springs, Barcaldine, Blackall, Bundaberg, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Emerald, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, Hamilton Island, Hobart, Longreach, Mackay, Melbourne, Miles, Moranbah, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Proserpine, Rockhampton, Townsville, Wagga Wagga
Rex Airlines Adelaide, Bedourie, Birdsville, Boulia, Cairns, Charleville, Cunnamulla, Melbourne, Mount Isa, Quilpie, Roma, St George, Sydney, Thargomindah, Toowoomba, Windorah
Skytrans Airlines Charter: Chinchilla, Taroom
Virgin Australia Adelaide, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Emerald, Gladstone, Hamilton Island, Hobart, Launceston, Mackay, Melbourne, Mount Isa, Newcastle, Perth, Proserpine, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
Airline Destination/s
Air Canada Vancouver
Air New Zealand Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington
Air Niugini Koror, Port Moresby
Air Vanuatu Luganville, Port Vila
Aircalin Nouméa
American Airlines Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth (begins 29th October 2024)
Batik Air Malaysia Denpasar, Kuala Lumpur
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
China Airlines Auckland, Taipei
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Los Angeles (begins 6th December 2024)
Emirates Dubai
EVA Air Taipei
Fiji Airways Nadi
Jetstar Auckland, Denpasar, Osaka, Seoul, Tokyo
Korean Air Seoul
Nauru Airlines Nauru
Philippine Airlines Manila
Qantas Apia, Auckland, Christchurch, Los Angeles, Norfolk Island, Nouméa, Port Moresby, Queenstown, Singapore, Tokyo
QantasLink Honiara, Wellington
Qarar Airways Doha
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Solomon Airlines Honiara, Munda
United Airlines San Francisco ~~ Seasonal: Los Angeles
VietJet Air Ho Chi Minh City
Virgin Australia Apia, Denpasar, Nadi, Port Vila, Queenstown

Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs)

BRISBANE4 Departure (All Runways | RADAR)

ASISO1 Departure (01R | RNAV | All Directions)

BIXAD1 Departure (01L, 19L, 19R | RNAV | North)

GUMKI1 Departure (01R, 19L | RNAV | East)

SANEG1 Departure (01R, 19L | RNAV | South)

SCOTT3 Departure (01R, 19L | RNAV | South East)

WACKO3 Departure (01L, 19R | RNAV | North West)

WACKO3 Departure (01R, 19L | RNAV | North West)

Standard Instrument Arrivals (STARs)

BLAKA4 Arrivals (South)

BLAKA4A (01L, 19R | RNAV)

BLAKA4A (01R, 19L | RNAV)

BLAKA4X (01R, 19L | RNAV | Visual Approach)

ENLIP1 Arrivals (South West)

ENLIP1A (01L, 19R | RNAV)

ENLIP1A (01R, 19L | RNAV)

ENLIP1X (19L, 19R | RNAV | Visual Approach)

GOMOL2 Arrivals (South East)

GOMOL2A (01L, 19R | RNAV)

GOMOL2A (01R, 19L | RNAV)

GOMOL2V (01R, 19L | RNAV | Radar Vectors to Final)

GOMOL2X (01R, 19L | RNAV | Visual Approach)

MORBI1 Arrivals (North West)

MORBI1A (01L, 19R | RNAV)

MORBI1A (01R, 19L | RNAV)

MORBI1V (01L, 19R | RNAV | Radar Vectors to Final)

SMOKA9 Arrivals (North West)

SMOKA9A (01L, 19R | RNAV)

SMOKA9A (01R, 19L | RNAV)

SMOKA9M (01R | RNAV | Visual Approach)

SMOKA9X (01L, 19R | RNAV | Visual Approach)

TEBOT1 Arrivals (North East)

TEBOT1A (01L, 19R | RNAV)

TEBOT1A (01R, 19L | RNAV)

TEBOT1X (01L, 19R | RNAV | Visual Approach)

UGTUG1 Arrivals (East)

UGTUG1A (01L, 19R | RNAV)

UGTUG1A (01R, 19L | RNAV)

UGTUG1X (01R, 19L | RNAV | Visual Approach)

WOODY1 Arrivals (West)

WOODY1A (01L, 19R | RNAV)

WOODY1A (01R, 19L | RNAV)

WOODY1V (01L, 19R | RNAV | Radar Vectors to Final)

Source for all SIDs and STARs charts:

An Interesting ATC Alternative - SODPROPS

During hours when the airport may not be as busy, and if you’re a more experienced controller looking to try something different, then SODPROPS may be an interesting alternative.

SODPROPS stands for Simultaneous Opposide Direction Parallel Runway Operations and is used at Brisbane Airport on certain occasions where necessary, or during night hours to ensure that aircraft noise over the city is kept to a minimum.

SODPROPS are decided by the weather conditions and the amount of aircraft arriving or departing at any given time.

A Diagram of SODPROPS Operations at Brisbane Airport


I will keep this thread updated with the latest information and any changes that may occur over time. If you feel anything is missing please shoot me a DM and I will do my best to correct it.

Thank you for reading this guide and I hope that this helps you next time you fly into or out of Brisbane Airport!

~ Charles_S :)


Appreciate the effort! It’s always nice to know the particular procedures of an airport for added realism.


Thank you very much! Hope it helps! :)

Amazing job!!

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Thank you!!

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Very nice job! And very useful! Maybe I might do a YMML one 😜

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Very informative and well-written topic Charlie, this will be very useful when operating out of Brisbane!

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Cheers Tom! I really appreciate it

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Nice one charles

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Great job on this one. Finally a good guide for my home airport

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Cheers David, glad you like it!

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Thank you Nimble!

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What. A. Thread!

Deffo going to use this whenever I have doubts. Thanks, Charles!

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you’re a bit late to the party mate…

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