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User currently offlineNZ8800 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 425 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2531 times:

I've tried to find some historical information on Brisbane Eagle Farm prior to the 1988 expansion, with little luck.
I have vague memories of a visit there aged 5 in 1984, with an international terminal that was like an enlarged shed; and contrast that to the impressive and spacious version on the other side of the runway that is there today.
Older maps of Brisbane seem to show smaller runways to the bottom of the present airport - was that the extent of Eagle Farm?
How many runways were there, and how long were they? Does Brisbane have more airlines flying there today than it had back then?

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User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

The old international terminal was in fact a converted cargo shed- it was also a very big embarassment. It was located the other side of the tarmac and the taxi time from gate to runway was at least five minutes going at near full speed. There were no airbridges. Airline count into BNE has increased since then, but the shed was quite active for a city the size of BNE was at the time.
If I remember correctly, the shed count was:

BA CO UA-for a very brief time

User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

Quoting ETA Unknown (Reply 1):
The old international terminal was in fact a converted cargo shed

And it is now a cargo shed once more - I never saw it as a passenger terminal, but just from looking at it it does look decidedly mediocre for that.

Quoting NZ8800 (Thread starter):
How many runways were there, and how long were they?

I can't tell you the dimensions, but I believe there were two runways in a 'T' layout. Part of one of them is now Taxyway Papa - have a look at the Aerodrome Chart from the Departure and Approach Procedures. This Google Maps picture shows a pretty good view of the old runways.


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