Words by Carlie Tucker
Brisbane airport has been flying high through 2016, racking up awards across some of the industry's most prestigious events. And the wins keep coming. This time, Brisbane's Domestic and International terminals received recognition for its food and beverage offerings.
Held this month in Geneva, the prestigious Airport Food and Beverage (FAB) Awards bestowed top honours on the Aussie airport:
- Winner: The Great Transformation in Airport Food and Beverage Award (Brisbane International Terminal)
- Winner: Airport Coffee Shop of the Year – Hudsons Coffee (Brisbane International Terminal, Emirates Leisure Retail)
- Winner: Outstanding Originality in Airport Food and Beverage – The Coffee Club shipping container sites (Brisbane Domestic Terminal)
Brisbane beat out the likes of Helsinki Airport, Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick in securing these FAB wins. It also narrowly missed out on the Airport Food and Beverage Offer of the Year, which was taken home by Copenhagen Airport. Though, both Brisbane and Heathrow Airport were given high commendations in the category.
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“Gaining the highest accolades at the internationally renowned FAB awards in so many categories is an outstanding success for Brisbane Airport (BNE) and our retail partners," said Andrew Brodie, General Manager Airline and Retail Management.
“At BNE it’s not just about the quality, variety and choice of F&B on offer, it’s about being a destination in itself offering imaginatively prepared, locally sourced produce, and a memorable ‘taste’ of our remarkable location.
“The ambience of the terminal adds to the experience, capturing a sense of Brisbane’s personality and progressive thinking that drives BAC and the retailers to continually evolve.”
It's excellent recognition for the International terminal on the heels of a $45 million redevelopment, which included a newly designed Departures lounge that aimed to exemplify Brisbane's unique essence. The refurbishment also saw the addition of new walk through Duty Free stores in the Departures and Arrivals area and, of course, new specialty retail and food and beverage outlets.