Melbourne Airport moots $3.5b upgrade ahead of major visitor growth

Melbourne Airport moots $3.5b upgrade ahead of major visitor growth

Melbourne Airport is primed for a facelift as the Victorian capital expects significant visitor growth over the next few years.

As reported in the Herald Sun, the $3.5 billion redevelopment master plan includes proposed expansions to the international terminal, a new runway and better transport hub.

Parking and ground access chief Lorie Argus told 3AW that the vision for the new airport extends over the next two decades, when passenger numbers are expected to climb significantly.

"The vision for the terminal is to get to 100 million passengers, so to be able to meet that 70 million passengers by 2038 we absolutely need another runway, that is part of the planning," he said

"For anyone who arrives into Melbourne today, that area the arrivals hall is quite constrained, so we're looking at a large expansion there of the international terminal to really bring us up to the world's best class."

Argus also said the airport is looking at a completely new transport hub which includes integrating passenger pick-up and drop-off to the front of the terminal

"We will take out car spaces to create drop off and pick up our passenger flows which will give us a lot more space and free up that forecourt area for the next five to 10 years," he said.

The development plans will also include a new rail line, as the state and federal governments have both committed to an airport train.

Melbourne Airport will need to submit its plans to the federal government by December 18.

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