Brisbane to emerge as Australasia’s aviation hub

Brisbane will host the inaugural aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) exhibition in the Australasia region in 2020, which will focus on the region’s growing role in the aerospace industry.

Titled Australasia MRO, the inaugural event was announced by Aviation Week Network at the Queensland Pavilion at MRO Asia-Pacific in Singapore, the largest annual conference and exhibition in the region dedicated to the $28 billion aircraft MRO market.

Taking place on 11 and 12 March 2020, MRO Australasia will be the latest in a global series of aviation industry MRO events run by Aviation Week Network.

“Australia is a rapidly growing aviation hub and the aviation MRO industry is booming in the region,” said Greg Hamilton, president of Aviation Week Network.

“We are excited to bring our MRO event to the region. Our events are recognised as the premier industry conferences and exhibitions and we know that the response for MRO Australasia will be tremendous.”

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state’s growing role in the industry made it a natural choice for the event.

“With Queensland’s growing reputation as a major aviation hub of the Asia-Pacific, there is no better place in Australasia to discuss aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul than Queensland.

“Our state boasts considerable civil and military aviation strengths – our depth of capability, our world-class expertise and our strategic location,” Palaszczuk said.

The premier said that hosting the event would further boost the industry’s development in Queensland.

“This is a huge win for Queensland and further demonstrates the Queensland government’s commitment to increasing our share of the lucrative aircraft manufacturing and repair services industry,” she said.

“In 2015–16, Queensland’s aircraft manufacturing and repair businesses generated around $1.2 billion in revenue and contributed $565 million to Queensland’s economic growth, as well as providing over 4200 jobs across more than 300 enterprises.”