Brisbane Airport

Runways

Brisbane Airport has two runways: 01/19 (3500 metres) and 14/32 (1700 metres).

Each runway is referred to differently according to in which direction it is being used. For example the main runway is known as Runway 01 when used in a northerly direction and Runway 19 when used in a southerly direction. Runway numbering reflects the runways’ orientation and correlates with degrees on a compass. Runway 19 is 190 degrees.

Runway selection and seasonal winds

Runway selection is based on wind direction, weather conditions, traffic volume and other factors. See the Runway Selection fact sheet for more details. Aircraft primarily take-off and land into the wind for safety and performance reasons. Therefore, as the wind direction changes the runway in operation may also change depending on the strength of the wind.

This means that Brisbane’s seasonal wind patterns affect usage of the different runway directions. Runway 01 tends to be used more often from August to January when there are frequent winds with a northerly component. Runway 19 tends to be used more frequently between February and July when the predominant wind direction tends to be southerly.

Noise abatement procedures

Noise abatement procedures are designed to help reduce the impact of aircraft noise on communities. While they are applied whenever it is possible to do so, their use is not mandatory and is subject to weather conditions and traffic requirements.

In Brisbane, the noise abatement procedures set out that “Reciprocal Runway Operations” is the preferred runway scheme, particularly between 10.00 pm and 6.00 am. When reciprocal operations are in place, all aircraft arrive and depart over Moreton Bay. This is unusual, because generally runways are used in one direction only at any given time, that is, all aircraft land at one end of the runway and take off from the other end. Because reciprocal runway operations require aircraft to take off from the same end that other aircraft are landing to, increased separation between arriving and departing aircraft is required to safely implement this configuration. Therefore reciprocal operations can only occur when the traffic levels are low. If reciprocal operations were used when traffic levels were high it would result in long delays and holding.

Another constraint on the use of reciprocal operations is the weather. If the wind conditions are not suitable, and/or if there are thunderstorms in the area or low visibility, reciprocal operations cannot be used.

April - June 2018

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for April to June 2018. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.

Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
January - March 2018

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for January to March 2018. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.

Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
October - December 2017

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for October to December 2017. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.

Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
July - September 2017

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for July to September 2017. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.

Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
April - June 2017

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for April to June 2017. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.

Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
January - March 2017

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for January to March 2017. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.

Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
October - December 2016

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for October to December 2016. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.

Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
July - September 2016

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for July to September 2016. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.

Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
April - June 2016

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for the period April – June 2016. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.

Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
January - March 2016

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for the period January – March 2016. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.

Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.