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Brisbane Airport Buzzes Over King’s Birthday Long Weekend

A Royal Exodus: Over 340,000 Passengers will travel through Brisbane Airport as the King’s Birthday long weekend, Spring Break, and Sports Fever collide.

This year’s King’s Birthday long weekend marks the first celebration of its kind in Queensland in 72 years. It’s also shaping up to be one of the busiest weekends Brisbane Airport has seen in years. Thousands of NRL and AFL fans, travelers, and holidaymakers are making a beeline to the airport, ready to embark on journeys filled with sports, celebrations, and much-needed getaways.

A bustling Brisbane Airport during the King’s Birthday long weekend, showcasing excited AFL and NRL fans ready for the Grand Finals, and families embarking on their spring school holiday break.

A Sporting Frenzy

The end of school holidays in Queensland and Victoria coincides with a massive exodus of AFL and NRL fans. Supporters, adorned in split jerseys representing their beloved teams, are flying south in droves, all eyes set on the Grand Finals. The airport is alive with excitement, a testament to the passionate sports culture Australia is famous for.

Unprecedented Travel Boom

Brisbane Airport is preparing to welcome more than 340,000 passengers over four days. Stephen Beckett, the Head of Public Affairs at Brisbane Airport, highlighted the surging demand for flights to Melbourne and Sydney.

“The exodus begins today with 58-thousand domestic passengers on the move through Brisbane Airport. Many flights to Melbourne are booked out, with Lions’ fans eager to get to Victoria for the Grand Final. There are more seats available to Sydney for the NRL, but obviously, any remaining flights to both Grand Final cities are selling at a premium due to the heavy demand,” said Beckett.

Brisbane Airport King’s Birthday Long Weekend Domestic Terminal Passenger Forecasts

  • Thursday 28 September: 58,283
  • Friday 29 September: 58,106
  • Saturday 30 September: 49,049
  • Sunday 1 October: 46,479
  • Monday 2 October: 58,860

A Historic Celebration

The King’s Birthday, the end of school holidays for some, and spring break for others have resulted in an unprecedented influx of travelers. This Friday will be the second busiest day at the Domestic Terminal since the pre-pandemic era. The busiest weekend at the Brisbane Domestic Terminal this year was last week. The feverish pace of bookings and travel is a hopeful sign of normalcy and heightened excitement for air travel.

Sound Travel Advice

As the Lions and Broncos jet off, the atmosphere at Brisbane Airport is nothing short of electric. Fans, families, and travelers are all set to make the most of the King’s Birthday long weekend. The blend of historical celebrations, the climax of the sports season, and the transition between school terms will make this a historically busy weekend. Passenger forecasts promise bustling terminals and sky-high spirits. Travelers should pack their patience as they head for Brisbane Airport.

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