Commonly used terms

There are many technical terms and acronyms that are used in relation to the operation and management of an airport, and which are used in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Major Development Plan (MDP).

01 Arrival

Zero-One Arrival: Refers to planes arriving on the existing main runway at Brisbane Airport over the city.


01 Departure

Zero-One Departure: Refers to planes taking off from the main existing runway at Brisbane Airport over Moreton Bay.


14/32 Runway

This runway is the smaller cross runway at Brisbane Airport which is capable only of accommodating smaller aircraft operations due to its length, pavement strength and pavement widths.


19 Arrivals

One-Nine Arrival: Refers to planes landing on the existing main runway at Brisbane Airport from over Moreton Bay.


19 Departures

One-Nine Departure: Refers to planes taking off from the existing main runway at Brisbane Airport towards the city.



The Boeing 737 is the world’s most popular medium range – narrow body commercial passenger jet aircraft.



The Boeing 747, commonly known as the “Jumbo”, is the most recognised of all modern airliners and until the advent of the Airbus A380 in 2005, was the largest passenger airliner in service.



The Boeing 767 is a widebody commercial passenger jet aircraft.



The Airbus A380 is the largest passenger jetliner in the world and entered commercial service on 25 October 2007. The A380 is the only full double decker jetliner, and the tip of its tail stands at over 10 stories high. As such, the term 'Superjumbo' has become synonymous with the A380.


Airports Act

Airports Act 1996: This Act is administered by the Federal Government’s Department of Transport and Regional Services.



Australian Noise Exposure Concept: An ANEC is a set of noise contours constructed using the Integrated Noise Model, based on a specific operating scenario – aircraft mix, operating mode and aircraft volume.


The ANEC charts noise that may occur at a point of time as a consequence of the development options being considered for the airport’s future development, for example forecast noise expected as a result of the new parallel runway. These maps are hypothetical but are important for future planning.



For land use planning purposes, the ANEF is the most commonly used descriptor of aircraft noise in Australia. It is a computer generated forecast based on:

  • Expected aircraft movement numbers
  • Types of aircraft and forecast route structures
  • The daily distribution by time period of arrivals and departures
  • Configuration of runways
  • Air traffic control procedures
  • Flight paths.


ANEF contours are given values of 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 – the higher the contour value, the greater the noise exposure.

Brisbane Airport background