Aside from Western Sydney Airport, there is a lot of work being done to Australian gateways to ensure they are ready for future growth. Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne will all get new runways.

Perth will also benefit from a new international terminal, following hot on the heels of a 2015 upgrade. The 20,500m2 facility will comprise retail, lounges and gates. Importantly, a rail link will connect Perth Airport to the eastern suburbs and regional centers. The investment at Perth Airport is being driven by Qantas, which, for the first time, is connecting the west coast of Australia with non-stop services to London.

Brisbane is also going for an international terminal concourse expansion, creating an extra 13,500m2 of space. Six new gates, an extended apron to allow for three more parking stands and new taxiways are all part of the project.

Virgin Australia, meanwhile, will redevelop its domestic terminal 3 at Melbourne over the next three years. The redeveloped terminal will feature automated bag drop facilities, enhanced self-service kiosks, and service pods where Virgin Australia ground crew can assist guests with check-in.

On completion, there will also be a dedicated Premium Entry for Virgin Australia’s business class and platinum and gold frequent flyer guests.

For all Australian airports, automation will be the platform for seamless, efficient and secure terminal processes. The work being done will align with IATA’s future travel initiatives, such as NEXTT, One ID and Smart Security.

And a new internal ramp between Terminals 3 and 4 will improve T3 security screening facilities and offer better access to the new retail offering in Terminal 4. The T3 arrivals hall will gain two baggage carousels.

“Virgin Australia runs a major operation at Melbourne Airport, operating up to 100 return flights each day,” says Group Executive for Virgin Australia Airlines, Rob Sharp.

2029 is the year that Melbourne is expected to overtake Sydney as Australia’s largest city, according to projections by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

At Adelaide, the airport’s original international terminal building will be demolished to make way for new development, including a taxi drop off zone and a forecourt for the Atura Hotel. It will also provide room for future proposed terminal expansion works.

For all Australian airports, automation will be the platform for seamless, efficient and secure terminal processes. The work being done will align with IATA’s future travel initiatives, such as NEXTT, One ID and Smart Security.

 

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