Melbourne Airport to run international flights from domestic terminals

Melbourne Airport to run international flights from domestic terminals

Melbourne Airport plans to run international flights from its domestic Qantas and Virgin Australia terminals within five years.

The move will allow both airlines to easily switch aircraft such as the Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 between domestic and international routes.

The airport aims to install versatile 'swing gates' at the T1 and T3 terminals, which will allow international passengers to board their flights at the domestic terminal.

Three swing gates are expected to be added over the next five years with as many as five more by the late 2020s.

"What these projects are intended to do is meet that international growth challenge by using latent or spare capacity in the domestic terminals," said Melbourne Airport Planning Executive Michael Jarvis.

"It will require some surgery to the buildings but by augmenting the existing domestic piers with segregated corridors and vertical transport at the gate lounges, we can add the infrastructure to existing gates rather than building new ones," Jarvis told industry publication The Airport Professional.

Jarvis stressed that while the airport still intends "to build dedicated international gates", swing gates are a cost-effective way to boost capacity while streamlining the transfer process for many passengers.

Also read: Here’s what you need to know about the Melbourne Airport Rail Link

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

11 comments

  • RK

    Ryan K

    14 Aug, 2018 03:33 pm

    Just a thought, but is it time to look at building a brand new terminal complex at Tullamarine? There have been so many bits added on here and there over the years, all just band aid solutions.
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  • JBL

    JBL

    14 Aug, 2018 03:36 pm

    If you look at the masterplan they're moving towards a cohesive, mega-terminal building over the long term. Not quite the same as starting with a fresh slate, but better than nothing
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  • mviy

    mviy

    14 Aug, 2018 05:23 pm

    I wonder what this will mean for access to international lounges if a flight is departing from the domestic section of the airport.

    At least in Tullamarine you can walk between Terminals easily unlike SYD where you need to go in a vehicle between terminals.
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  • Himeno

    Himeno

    14 Aug, 2018 10:43 pm

    They would build passages from T2 to the closest piers at T1 and T3 and moveable walls/doors in the domestic terminals allowing gates to be closed off from the rest of the terminal.

    When an international flight is using the domestic terminal gate, they close the walls in the terminal around the gate area and open the door in the corridor from the international terminal. You would still clear immigration in T2. They would likely be looking at gates 2, 4 and 6 in T1 and 1, 3 and 5 in T3.
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  • Ian Whillas

    Racala

    14 Aug, 2018 06:06 pm

    I would imagine that they would build an after Immigration walk way across to T1 and T3.. Thus access to international terminal lounges wouldn't be affected. At Qantas it would probably be gates 2 & 4 , using the smaller jets to NZ?
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  • mviy

    mviy

    14 Aug, 2018 09:57 pm

    I wonder if that'd also mean that those on JQ international flights that are solely between Australian cities not really overseas would be directed to domestic lounges?
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  • Traveller14

    Traveller14

    16 Aug, 2018 11:08 am

    Is there the room to do this (physically) without impinging on the area that aircraft need?
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  • Himeno

    Himeno

    16 Aug, 2018 12:30 pm

    Yes. A bridge over the airside road which hugs the terminal.
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  • Tristan Reed

    trisreed

    14 Aug, 2018 06:31 pm

    Maybe they'll actually get used unlike in PER (that being said - I have boarded Gate 50 on both domestic and international flights, but with the low number of VA 'international' flights out of PER, I am yet to see them operated in the manner described in the article).
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  • comm_cousin

    comm_cousin

    15 Aug, 2018 11:34 am

    Hopefully these changes will include UNDERCOVER access to arrival/departure and taxi pickup areas.
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  • Performa

    Performa

    20 Aug, 2018 05:37 pm

    Seriously ???? Melb Airport like all Aust airports are a meccano set, and this loans itself further to that. Melb Airport has the room for a midfield terminal, Melb is the fastest growing city in Aust, It will have real competition when the privately funded SE Melb airport is built in a few years time! Melb airport is an embarrassment and needs real capital works to be spent and not this band aid solution!
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