Queensland’s capital city is preparing for a bright future. With sunny forecasts of freight transport increasing by 80% over the next 12 years, the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council have created a long-term (10 year) strategy to accommodate this growth.

Learn how Brisbane’s freight transport network will change and why taking advantage of these improvements can make your air freight deliveries to Brisbane quicker, cheaper and more reliable.

When your air freight reaches Brisbane, the job is far from over. Traffic disruptions, weather-related delays, customs clearance stoppages and local freight network efficiency all drag out transporting your cargo to it’s final destination quickly, like you paid for.

Here are four ways Brisbane airport are improving the flexibility of their network to keep the freight flowing.

1. Planned resistance to natural disasters

Queensland’s geographical location provides the sunshine state with the best and worst weather for citizens throughout the year. Volatile conditions can have a severe impact on Brisbane air freight networks with storms causing flight delays, floods disrupting key transport routes that support freight movement and cyclones causing unsafe situations for all involved.

The Queensland and Brisbane government’s have identified weather interference as a priority and have committed to creating a flexible network system in anticipation of sea, road and air freight traffic increasing over the next 20 years. In 2011-2013 the Queensland government faced weather damages of $2.38 billion, the most devasting recorded costs in Australian history. Tax payer’s money was spent on rebuilding freight network corridors and infrastructure caused by repeated floods and cyclones in the area.

In 2014 and beyond, this government plans to invest in resistance and protection methods. Channels that pass through flood hot spots such as the North Coast Rail line and Bruce Highway will be fortified, while operating alternative transport modes, such as coastal shipping from the port of Brisbane, will become increasingly utilised (see BCR’s coastal shipping service here).

2. Increased analysis of freight data

Having an intelligent data collecting system is crucial to effectively manage any type of supply chain. One of the Queensland Government’s main priorities documented in its 10 year strategy ‘Moving Freight’ is continuing to evolve and optimise its freight information and data collection processes.

New transport related technologies such as fibre-optic cabling that measures weight-in-motion, closed-circuit camera installation and traffic management centres will assist monitoring air freight being transported to/from Brisbane airport and the wider Queensland community.

Increasing quality data collection will also help government advisory bodies, such as the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council (QTLC), develop strategies and optimising processes in the future.

3. Airport expansion: the New Parallel Runway (NPR)

The ‘New Parallel Runway’ (NPR) will be the most efficient runway system in Australia and will help meet Brisbane airport’s forecasted doubling of demand in the next 12-15 years. At costs of $1.35 billion the New Parallel Runway is one of the most expensive aviation expansions in our history, establishing Brisbane Airport on the same productivity level as Shanghai and Singapore international.

The beneficial impacts on air trade will be huge. With significant reductions in flight traffic delays and increased delivery options, importers and exporters using Brisbane airport will have less wait time and more choice.

4. Upgrade to Brisbane freight networks

Government road associations are working with airport associations to streamline access and optimise cargo transporting networks. The Brisbane city council has implemented steps outlined in their new city plan that is focused on improving connections between Brisbane airport, Brisbane seaport and major motorways.

New infrastructure growth will be based around freight transport corridors, with specifically designed heavy vehicle routes that will link warehousing and distribution hubs to ports. These measures will provide better safety for suburban streets, less traffic congestion and less greenhouse gas emissions.

Delivering your air freight to Brisbane has never been easier. With flight schedules doubling from countries such as the United States and China, getting your air cargo to and from Brisbane Airport has never been easier.

BCR is one of Australia’s most established freight forwarders and customs brokers with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane. If you are looking to transport air cargo to or from Brisbane fast, learn more about BCR’s air freight services and how we can help today.