Brisbane Airport gives delayed travellers free coffee, Tim Tams during the G20

Brisbane Airport gives delayed travellers free coffee, Tim Tams during the G20

With the G20 proceedings kicking off this week, Brisbane Airport is handing out free Tim Tams and coffee vouchers to travellers that may be delayed by the arrival or departure of government aircraft.

The flights most likely to run behind schedule are those taking off or touching down this Thursday, Friday and Sunday in the afternoons and evenings, with airport staff on standby to distribute goodies to inconvenienced jetsetters.

Rachel Crowley, Brisbane Airport Corporation’s Head of Corporate Relations, said that BAC wanted to make sure the travelling public experienced some of the excitement of the G20, despite possible minor delays to their travel.

“The G20 Leaders Summit is a wonderful opportunity for our city, state and country, but it does mean it won’t be entirely ‘business as usual’ at the airport,” she said.

Passengers awaiting their flights may be able to catch a glimpse of Air Force One ferrying US President Barack Obama to the Sunshine State – although its arrival and departure times won’t be publicised.

Visitors to the airport can also pass the time at one of several ‘Selfie Centres’, where they can catch an image of themselves in front of a selection of the world’s leaders.

Brisbane’s domestic terminal will play host to a collaboration with La Boite Theatre Company, a chalk art extravaganza, and G20 flag tattoo give-aways over the week ahead.

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

9 comments

  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    12 Nov, 2014 04:34 pm

    They keep describing the summit as a "wonderful opportunity". Please explain how and why it is so wonderful? I don't get it.

    I was at the top end of Melbourne CBD this morning near the Sofitel hotel. There was a heavy police presence, with mounted police at the Sofitel driveway. It was nearly impossible getting a taxi and for that brief moment it felt extremely uncomfortable having the mass of security personnel congregating around the area.

    I feel really sorry for the people of Brisbane. 

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  • Hugo

    Hugo

    12 Nov, 2014 04:51 pm

    Well, uhh, some of the delegates may be so impressed with Brisbane (the tiny slice that they'll see from their secure area) that they'll come back on holidays later. That's potentially, like, thousands of extra dollars for the local economy!

    Also, think of all that extra publicity for the city which will appear literally several times in international news stories! I've sold G20 events to Pittsburgh, Los Cabos, and Strelna, and by golly it put them on the map!

    Well, sir, there's nothing on earth

    Like a genuine, bona fide

    Electrified, six-day G20 meeting!

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  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    12 Nov, 2014 06:44 pm

    Hugo, it's hard for me to tell if you're being sincere or sarcastic :p

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  • johnaboxall

    johnaboxall

    12 Nov, 2014 04:45 pm

    Uh-oh. VA lounges will be smashed on Sunday evening (moreso than usual). 

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  • johnaboxall

    johnaboxall

    17 Nov, 2014 09:48 pm

    And in reply to myself, the whole process was quite orderly like nothing had happened. Well done Brisbane and BNE. 

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  • Opto80

    Opto80

    12 Nov, 2014 06:06 pm

    Air Force One is due to land at Amberley I believe. Not many passengers awaiting flights at Amberley so unlikely many people will get to see Air Force One. 

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  • Opto80

    Opto80

    12 Nov, 2014 06:08 pm

    Yes I also think the entire thing will be rather pointless for Brisbane or bring any real lasting benefit to the city. That is why I will be exiting they city for the weekend. 

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  • johnaboxall

    johnaboxall

    13 Nov, 2014 07:58 am

    True. The best location for meetings like the G20 would be Diego Garcia. Out of the way of everyone else, nice and secure. 

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  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    13 Nov, 2014 01:06 pm

    OMG!!!!! You read my mind!!!!! +100!

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