Apr 16, 2013

Melbourne Airport gears up for growth

Today I am approving Melbourne Airport’s major development plan to construct a new domestic terminal facility in the Southern Precinct of the airport.

The number of passengers coming through Melbourne Airport each year is expected to more than double from the current 29 million to 64 million by 2033. The new domestic terminal will help meet the growing demand for air travel in Victoria and Australia.

The first phase of the Southern Precinct development is expected to be operational by mid-2015 and includes:

  • a new domestic terminal with capacity of up to 10 million passengers per annum for use by domestic airlines;
  • additional aircraft parking aprons;
  • associated taxi-lanes and new taxiways;
  • new car parking in close proximity to the new terminal, which will also provide vehicle pick-up and drop-off, car rental and other ground transport services;
  • the reconfiguration of the existing road network to provide access to the proposed terminal facility.

At more than 2,300 hectares, the Melbourne Airport site is twice the size of Sydney Airport. There is considerable scope for aeronautical development and this new terminal will help Melbourne keep pace with aviation growth and keep Australians connected with each other and the rest of the world.

Melbourne Airport already supports about 14,000 jobs, and the Southern Precinct Program involves the creation of 490 construction jobs and an additional 1,450 jobs after construction.

The Southern Precinct Program, which was foreshadowed in the Airport’s 2008 Master Plan, was the subject of extensive community consultation in March and April 2012.

The Airport has 50 business days to make the major development plan public.