01 August 2008

Brisbane airport ranked among top in world for travellers

Brisbane airport has reached the list of the top airports in the world following a survey of over eight million travellers. The Skytrax World Airport Awards has revealed the airport has been praised by passengers, naming it as the best in the Australia/Pacific region, which is good news for those travelling to the area on an ETA visa, News.com.au reports.

In the awards, travellers were asked to evaluate check-in and departure services, shopping and dining facilities and security and immigration. According to Edward Plaistad, the chief executive of Skytrax, most issues from passengers stemmed from dealings with the immigration and security services.

Jim Carden, the spokesman for the airport, told the news organisation he was pleasantly surprised to receive the award. "It's actually not an award you nominate for ... so we're very chuffed," he added. Mr Plaistad said however good a service is in the airport, a "20 minute security queue" can undo all positive feelings. The Australian tourist board is currently trying to increase the number of visitors to the country

An ETA visa is required for all short-term visitors travelling to Australia. Visa Bureau’s automated application process means that in most cases, they can be granted in seconds.

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