Brisbane Airport Flight Path Changes Post Implementation Review

Panoramic render of the Brisbane Airport New Runway at dusk

Brisbane Airport’s new runway and the associated flight paths commenced operations on 12 July 2020. These flight paths have changed the way aircraft operate as they arrive and depart from Brisbane Airport.

Brisbane Airport Corporation and Airservices continue to work with stakeholders across community, government and industry to ensure that the Brisbane Airport operations meet the highest safety standards and incorporate the most environmentally sustainable practices wherever practicable.

For information on current aircraft operations visit our interactive Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood website here.

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Brisbane Airport’s new runway and the associated flight paths commenced operations on 12 July 2020. These flight paths have changed the way aircraft operate as they arrive and depart from Brisbane Airport.

Brisbane Airport Corporation and Airservices continue to work with stakeholders across community, government and industry to ensure that the Brisbane Airport operations meet the highest safety standards and incorporate the most environmentally sustainable practices wherever practicable.

For information on current aircraft operations visit our interactive Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood website here.

How do I receive updates on the PIR?

If you wish to receive further updates on the PIR, you must register and subscribe to follow this project.

Please also check in regularly for new information.

  • PIR progress update

    PIR Update

    We are pleased to provide a progress update on the Brisbane Airport Flight Path Changes Post Implementation Review (PIR), including the appointment of an independent global air traffic management advisor, Trax International, our response to the Brisbane Airport PIR Advisory Forum’s first Quarterly Progress Report and upcoming PIR activity.

    Trax International UK

    Trax International (Trax), a United Kingdom based firm, was appointed on 17 December 2021 to independently review and make improvement recommendations across all aspects of the flightpath design, airspace operation and conduct of the Airservices Post Implementation Review of Brisbane airspace. Trax International brings significant experience working on similar airspace, flightpath and airport changes overseas, including in the United Kingdom at both Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

    The Trax team includes experts with backgrounds in air traffic operations, flightpath design and community engagement.

    Trax have commenced their review and are currently gathering information about the operations and the use of the airspace to inform their recommendations on potential improvement opportunities and their reports will be publicly available.

    BAPAF Report

    We welcome BAPAF’s first Quarterly Report and have agreed to progress with a number of short-term opportunities to improve noise outcomes for the community.

    Short-term Noise Improvements

    We are currently progressing as a priority the following noise improvement opportunities identified in the BAPAF Quarterly Report.

    Twelve month trial to extend simultaneous opposite direction parallel runway operations (SODPROPS)

    This trial will commence on 24 February 2022. Once the trial is in operation we will complete further modelling of traffic levels and weather data to determine if opportunities to extend SODPROPS operations to other times of the day are also possible.

    Twelve month trial of full-length runway departures

    A12-month trial of full length runway departures from the new runway will commence from 24 February 2022. Noise monitors located at the runway end, Hamilton, Bulimba and New Farm will be used to review noise outcomes. In addition to data gathered from noise monitors, we value community input during these trials, and will request community feedback. A request for feedback will be shared via the Airservices Engage website once the trials have commenced. We will review and report on the trial on a quarterly basis.

    Introducing a Noise Abatement Procedure requiring jet aircraft to remain on the Standard Instrument Departure path until they reach 10-12,000 feet

    We are completing a detailed review of current Standard Instrument Departure (SID) operations and noise modelling to determine if this Noise Abatement Procedure (NAP) will result in increased aircraft operations over any community, thus potentially requiring direct engagement with those impacted prior to implementation of the NAP. We expect to implement the NAP by the end of March 2022.

    We are also continuing to progress with the safety case to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for an increased tailwind limit to support more over the bay operations. The safety case is planned to be submitted by the end of March 2022.

    PIR Activity

    The community workshops planned for February and March 2022 have been rescheduled to occur in May and June 2022. This is for three key reasons:

    1. Due to the co-design intent of the workshops, we believe these workshops need to be held face to face, with as many people as possible able to attend to get the best possible outcome. We also want to ensure these workshops are safe and that the current uncertainty created in Brisbane by the COVID-19 Omicron variant does not prevent people from attending.
    2. BAPAF has asked Airservices to prioritise our efforts over the immediate term in implementing the agreed near-term noise improvement opportunities. We plan to engage with the community on these opportunities as they are progressed.
    3. Since developing the original engagement schedule, we have appointed Trax International to complete an independent review of the flightpaths, our operations and the PIR. We received community feedback during the PIR Terms of Reference engagement that the preference was to present the community with improvement options for discussion, including opportunities from an independent expert with flight path design expertise which was not Airservices or the community. The work Trax is undertaking will provide this input and so we are allowing time for their review to be completed so the recommendations on potential improvements to flightpaths or operations can be shared with the community at the workshops. This will provide an informed starting point for discussions around potential longer-term improvements. We have also asked Trax to attend these sessions to further support the community and PIR outcomes.

    In December 2021, we shared the results of the comparison between 2007 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), 2018 Airservices environmental assessment and actual noise levels recorded through noise monitoring. We are completing a similar comparison of actual operations since runway opening and will share this information in coming weeks.

    We will seek feedback at the time of sharing this information, to determine if community members would like the opportunity to discuss the outcomes of this comparison via an online forum.


  • End of year PIR update: final Terms of Reference, Fact Sheets and Noise Monitoring

    Final Terms of Reference

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft Terms of Reference. A copy of the final Terms of Reference, a copy with marked-up changes and a review of community feedback document is now available.

    UPDATE: Please note that there was an error when uploading the version of the draft ToR with marked up changes. This has now been rectified and the draft with changes in mark-up has now been uploaded at the same link. Thank you.

    Fact Sheets

    We have produced a number of factsheets to provide the community with information on key topics of interest raised during our PIR community information sessions in October 2021.


    Additional factsheets will be provided during the PIR in response to community interest in particular topics.

    Temporary noise monitors

    Airservices is pleased to advise that, as part of the PIR process, a temporary noise monitor has been deployed in Samford and will remain in place for approximately 3 months after which it will be moved to other locations to gather data as required. Please visit the Brisbane WebTrak page for information.

    In response to community interest, Brisbane Airport Corporation has also deployed a temporary noise monitor to provide information on noise in locations of community interest. The monitor was first placed in Balmoral and has since been moved to Brookfield. This monitor is also available on WebTrak and data collected will be made available to Airservices to support the PIR

    Noise monitor location review

    As part of the PIR Airservices has committed to reviewing our current noise monitor terminal placement. This review will commence in early 2022 and further information will be provided on this page.


  • Brisbane PIR - Community Information Sessions Q&A document

    Responses to questions received

    Responses to the questions raised during the Community Information Sessions are now available here.

    We would like to thank the community for the continued participation in the PIR process.

  • Brisbane PIR - updated draft Terms of Reference

    The updated Terms of Reference and Summary of Feedback now available

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft Terms of Reference. The document has now been updated.

    We have provided an updated version as well as a version with all changes in mark-up.

    A summary of feedback and our responses is also available here.

    Feedback on the updated Terms of Reference and on our proposed Engagement Timeline can be provided up to midnight (AEST) Sunday 21 November 2021 via our online tool here


  • Brisbane PIR - Community Information Sessions video recordings

    Video Recordings of the PIR Community Information Sessions

    Recordings of the sessions are now now available through the links below. Please note that the first recording at Norman Park is still being uploaded due to file size. It will be made available on this page later this week.

    Norman Park session 1 (video is now uploaded)

    The View Brisbane session

    Brookfield Hall session

    Samford Farmers Hall session

    Norman Park session 2


  • Brisbane PIR - Community Information Sessions completed

    Community Information Sessions Complete

    The five community information sessions for the Brisbane PIR have been completed. Thank you to all community members who joined these sessions either in person or online.

    A copy of the presentations are now available through the links below:

    Norman Park session 1

    The View Brisbane session

    Brookfield Hall session

    Samford Farmers Hall session

    Norman Park session 2

    Video recordings of the meeting are currently being uploaded and should be available for viewing on Monday 1 November 2021.

    Second review for updated draft ToR

    The updated Terms of Reference and Summary of Feedback on the Terms of Reference will also be uploaded on Monday 1 November 2021.

    Feedback on the updated Terms of Reference can be provided up to midnight (AEST) Sunday 21 November 2021. An announcement will be made on this project page and a newsletter inviting community members to participate will be sent once the feedback period commences.


  • Brisbane PIR Community Information Session - Live Stream

    Airservices will commence the first of five community information sessions for the Brisbane Airport Flight Path Changes Post Implementation Review (PIR) from Wednesday, 13 October. We have reached venue capacity for four of these sessions but we will also be live streaming all sessions for community members who are interested in participating online.

    Please click on this link to access the live stream: BRISBANE PIR COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSION LIVE STREAM

    Please note that the link will become active shortly before the sessions commence.

    Session Viewing Details

    Date: Wednesday, 13 October 2021 (session at capacity)

    Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

    Venue: Norman Park Sports & Community Club, 43 Norman Ave, Norman Park


    Date: Friday, 15 October 2021 (session at capacity)

    Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

    Venue: View Brisbane, Kingsford Smith Dr &, Hunt St, Hamilton


    Date: Monday, 18 October 2021 (session at capacity)

    Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

    Venue: Brookfield Hall, 550 Brookfield Road, Brookfield


    Date: Saturday 23 October 2021 (session at capacity)

    Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Venue: Samford Farmer's Hall (1st floor), 30 Main St, Samford Village


    Date: Wednesday 27 October 2021 (session at capacity)

    Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

    Venue: Norman Park Sports & Community Club, 43 Norman Ave, Norman Park



  • Brisbane PIR - Samford Community Information Session

    A community information session for the Brisbane Airport Flight Path Changes Post Implementation Review (PIR) will be held in Samford on the following date:

    Session details

    Date: Saturday, 23 October 2021

    Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm

    Venue: Samford Farmer's Hall (1st floor), 30 Main St, Samford Village

    To join the session, please complete the Registration Form. Registration will close on Wednesday, 13 October. Registrants will be sent email confirmation prior to the session.

    Registration for attendance

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Brisbane affecting the number of people allowed in indoor venues, and to provide a meaningful opportunity for discussion between Airservices and the community, seating will be limited and all attendees must RSVP.

    Watch the Livestream

    A link to the Livestream will be provided on the Engage project page prior to the session. You do not need to register to participate in the Livestream.

    Submit questions

    To allow for equitable participation in the sessions and gathering of any data to support more detailed responses, we are asking that community questions be submitted in advance of the sessions, by Wednesday, 13 October, using the online Registration Form.

    Questions submitted through registration for the previously scheduled sessions have been recorded and will be used to guide presentation content. The opportunity to ask questions online and in person at the events will be provided, but responses may be limited by reasonable access to supporting information.

    If you do not intend to attend in person but would still like to ask a question you can submit them via this form.

    COVID Safety Measures

    We will be complying with all COVID safety measures required at the time of the sessions. Please ensure you bring a mask and adhere to Queensland Government check in requirements.

  • Brisbane PIR Community Information Sessions

    Community information sessions for the Brisbane Airport Flight Path Changes Post Implementation Review (PIR) will be held on the following dates in October.

    Session details

    Date: Wednesday, 13 October 2021

    Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

    Venue: Norman Park Sports & Community Club, 43 Norman Ave, Norman Park


    Date: Friday, 15 October 2021

    Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

    Venue: View Brisbane, Kingsford Smith Dr &, Hunt St, Hamilton


    Date: Monday, 18 October 2021

    Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

    Venue: Brookfield Hall, 550 Brookfield Road, Brookfield

    Please use the Registration Form to register your interest in attending the sessions. .

    A further session is planned for Samford and details will be provided once a venue and date are confirmed.

    Please check this page for an update later this week.

    In response to community feedback on the limited numbers advised previously for these sessions, we have increased from two to four sessions, and will consider additional sessions if necessary. We have maintained the limit of 50 people per session to manage COVID-19 risks and to ensure we can have a meaningful discussion with attendees. A Livestream will also be provided on the Engage project page.

    Purpose of the sessions

    These sessions will provide an opportunity for the community to learn more about the PIR purpose and process, and to discuss the draft PIR Terms of Reference (ToR), including some of the feedback we have received to date. An updated draft ToR will be provided to the community for further comment following the sessions.

    To allow for greater participation, we will be holding the sessions in both in-person and online formats. We will publish a recording of the key presentations on our Engage Airservices site after the events.

    Filming and camera equipment is not permitted in the sessions as they deter participation.

    Airservices will host more community information sessions and workshops at key points during the PIR. This will also be discussed in these first meetings.

    Registration for attendance

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Brisbane affecting the number of people allowed in indoor venues, and to provide a meaningful opportunity for discussion between Airservices and the community, sessions are limited to 50 guests and all attendees must RSVP.

    To join our sessions, please complete the Registration Form. Registration will close on Wednesday, 6 October. Registrants will be sent email confirmation prior to the sessions.

    Watch the Livestream

    A link to the Livestream will be provided on the Engage project page prior to the session. You do not need to register to participate in the Livestream.

    Submit questions

    To allow for equitable participation in the sessions and gathering of any data to support more detailed responses, we are asking that community questions be submitted in advance of the sessions, by Wednesday, 6 October, using the online Registration Form.

    If you do not intend to attend in person but would still like to ask a question you can submit them via this form .

    Questions submitted through registration for the previously scheduled sessions have been recorded and will be used to guide presentation content. The opportunity to ask questions online and in person at the events will be provided, but responses may be limited by reasonable access to supporting information.

    COVID Safety Measures

    We will be complying with all COVID safety measures required at the time of the sessions. Please ensure you bring a mask and adhere to Queensland Government check in requirements.

  • Community Information Sessions rescheduled

    Airservices would like to advise that the community information sessions on the Brisbane PIR will be rescheduled to October.

    In determining the proposed timing, we considered many elements including COVID lockdowns and the Terms of Reference Review period. The first public meeting was scheduled next week to close out the first round of feedback on the Terms of Reference that closed on September 5.

    We’d hoped the southern states would be out of lockdown to allow our noise specialists based in Canberra and Melbourne to attend. However, due to the extended lockdowns and concerns from the community around the timing of the meetings, we are happy to move the sessions to after the school holidays.

    We will provide updated information on the new dates once we confirm venue availability and will give at least two weeks’ notice.

Page last updated: 26 May 2022, 05:19 PM