Brisbane confident of its future

Brisbane, whilst not Australia’s largest airport for cargo, it none-the-less is a key nodal point for both Asian and Pacific cargo although it rather modestly describes itself as “currently more of a Pacific hub with Asia as an O&D market,” Cameron Macphee, general manager, Aviation Business Development tells Michael Mackey.


Making the point more effectively is who its major users are: Pacific Air Express, Cathay, Toll Freight, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines. Making the point more forcibly still are some statistics from the airport. During calendar 2010 imports were 40,239 tonnes almost exactly the same as exports at 40,331 tonnes. Telling of this only two per cent is moved by dedicated freighter with bellyhold shifting a near-majority of 98 per cent.

Satisfied customers But aside from the statistics, Brisbane has won all-important plaudits from the airlines. “Brisbane is a real success story for Cathay Pacific Cargo over the last few years,” said a Cathay Pacific spokesperson who has been able to sell an increasing network and not just rely on Hong Kong or the broader Asian market as it used to do in the past.

“Brisbane is a relatively small freighter market but we enjoy a good market share,” added the Hong Kong-based carrier who fly to the Australian port thirteen times a week with A330s.

Outbound is meat, seafood, seasonal fruit and vegetables such as mangoes, broccoli and capsicum, a quick survey of those using the airport shows.

Incoming its mainly general and consolidated cargo led by “pharmaceuticals, a lot of electronics and such diverse products as chocolates out of Italy” said Greg Johnson, Emirates National SkyCargo manager for Australia.