Did you know that 17,000 people currently work on Brisbane Airport and that this number is expected to grow to 50,000 workers by 2029?

There are over 3,100 aircraft movements per week at Brisbane Airport!


Eagle Farm was first appointed as an aerodrome in the mid-1920’s. Between 1928 and 1930, many famous aviation pioneers travelled to and from Brisbane, including Bert Hinkler, Amy Johnston and Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith.

In 1931 much of Brisbane’s aviation activity was moved from Eagle Farm to Archerfield, as the conditions at Eagle Farm were considered too swampy for aircraft activity to continue.

It was not until the 1940’s that Eagle Farm was reopened as a major air base for the Pacific Allied war effort during WW2. Existing infrastructure was improved and runways were sealed during this period. After the war, Eagle Farm was reopened to the public as an airport.

In the late 1970’s, the Federal Government recognized the growing popularity of air travel and cleared 2700ha of land for new terminals and runways. This is the site that we now know as Brisbane Airport. Today’s Domestic Terminal was officially opened in 1988, and the International Terminal opened in 1995.

Click play on the Quicktime Movie below to see a slideshow of images from Brisbane Airport's historical archives.

Duration: 2:00 mins (7.8 MB, 515 Kbs)