Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is to deliver the AU$72m Queensland Regional Aeromedical Base to connect patients to major hospitals.

The 14,470m² facility will be located between Brisbane Airport’s two runways at the Airport North Precinct and will accommodate the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS), LifeFlight and Queensland Health, including new patient transfer facilities, state-of-the-art hangars for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, administration areas and a medical centre for regional patients and donor transfers.

With more than half of Queensland’s five-million-plus population living outside of the greater Brisbane area, the Queensland Regional Aeromedical Base will play a critical role in connecting and supporting the regions.

"Minutes can quite literally be the difference between life and death when it comes to aeromedical services,” said Gert-Jan de Graaff, BAC’s CEO. "As the heart of the Queensland network for patient retrieval and medical transfers, the Queensland Regional Aeromedical Base at Brisbane will enhance the network of aeromedical bases located throughout regional Queensland.

“A world-class development like this is not only a reflection of the strategic value of Brisbane Airport’s location and amenity, but also of our ability to deliver the best aeronautical connectivity and capacity thanks to our parallel runway system. We are working with the state government, RFDS and LifeFlight to finalise these plans and will then seek approval from the federal government to proceed with the new facility."

Construction of the Queensland Regional Aeromedical Base is scheduled for completion in April 2023 and will support an estimated 200 jobs and a further 220 direct jobs that will contribute an annual economic benefit to the state of AU$100m.