The countdown to Christmas is on, with only 15 sleeps to go. For those with family flying in from afar, we’ve got some good news — airport pick-ups are going to be a lot less stressful this year.

Did you volunteer to pick up relatives and loved ones from the airport this Christmas? Are you regretting it already? (Come on, be honest.) Well, you can breathe a little easier — a new Service Centre off Moreton Drive is making the whole experience a breeze.

The BNE Service Centre’s dine-in food court offers a place to sit and relax with a coffee and free Wi-Fi while you wait. The flight information screens located in the Service Centre take the guessing game out of airport pick-ups — if you keep one eye on them, you’ll know whether or not a flight is running on time, and whether or not you’ve got time for that extra coffee.

John Tormey, Brisbane Airport General Manager Commercial Businesses, says the BNE Service Centre (located on the corner of Moreton Drive and Nancy Bird Way) is ideally located for passengers travelling to and from the terminals.

“Families can catch up for a coffee and last minute goodbyes before sending their loved ones on a trip, knowing that the terminals are just minutes away,” Mr Tormey says.

The service centre offers two hours free parking — very handy if you’re waiting for arriving passengers — and a range of fast food and cafe options, including The Coffee Club, Subway, Hungry Jack’s, KFC, Sushi Mi and Airport Kebabs.

If you’ve really pulled the short straw on an early morning airport run to pick up a passenger arriving on a red-eye flight, you can bide your time at Shell Coles Express and McDonald’s, which are open 24/7.

21.8 million passengers already pass through Brisbane Airport’s terminals each year, with that number expected to grow to nearly 50 million within the next 20 years.

“The new BNE Service Centre will help to cater for this growth, creating a great first impression for our visitors and a positive experience for Brisbane locals,” Mr Tormey says.

“People are pleasantly surprised when they walk inside and see the quality of the building. It’s not your average Service Centre that you see along the highways.

“The geometric roof over the dine-in food court is truly a piece of art, inspired by the shape of Fraser Island, and the largest of its kind in the country.

“The design is a celebration of our great state and will create a wonderful first impression for new visitors.”

Check out the BNE Service Centre on your next trip to the airport — it’s easily accessible off Airport Drive and Moreton Drive, the two main roads leading to the terminals.

Just so you know, this post is sponsored by the Brisbane Airport Corporation. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe our readers will appreciate.