Security breach halts operations at Brisbane Airport

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Operations at Brisbane Airport was suspended for nearly two hours on 8 July when a woman drove a car through the airport’s perimeter fence and accessed the airfield.

A spokesman from the airport tells Flightglobal that the fence was breached at 21:35 local time and that all operations were suspended immediately until 23:15. All flights were diverted or put on hold during the period.

“A person gained forced and unauthorised access to the airfield by driving a car through the perimeter fence. The breach was immediately identified and the person and vehicle was contained within minutes of the breach,” says the spokesman. “ The car did not access the main runway at any time nor come into contact with passengers or aircraft.”

Stephen Goodwin, general manager of operations at Brisbane Airport Corporation says the systems and processes in place at Brisbane Airport comply with federal government standards, and that the a major upgrade of the airfield perimeter is also ongoing with A$2 million ($1.87 million) already spent upgrading the fence line.