Melbourne (MEL) Airport

Melbourne MEL Airport Overview

Melbourne International Airport MEL serves south-east Australia's State of Victoria and its cpital city of Melbourne.  It is the only international airport among the greater Melbourne metropolitan area's four airports. It is also Australia’s second-busiest airport and a hub for Qantas & Virgin Blue. Skytrax has awarded Melbourne Airport four stars. Recently, travel to/from Asia has considerably increased, and new routes & airlines were added.

MEL Airport is located on the Tullamarine Freeway - 25 km from the City center of Melbourne - accessible either by taking the toll-free Western Ring Road, or obtaining a CityLink pass to the Tullamarine Freeway.   NOTE:  Airport Drive is to get a major extension, adding a second major entry to the Airport - and connecting it directly with the M80 Ring Road - thereby easing road congestion.  Completion will be just before opening of the new domestic terminal 4 in 2015.

With two runways and an estimated 29 million passengers annually, Melbourne Airport is served by a host of national and international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all parts of the globe.

: International travelers need to arrive at the airport three hours prior to scheduled flight; domestic travelers need only be there one hour before departure.
On-Airport Hotels at Melbourne Airport:
(a)  the Hilton Melbourne Airport Hotel (tel. +613 8336 2000 /fax 2001), connected by covered walkways to Domestic & International terminals; 
(b) the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport (tel. +61 3 9330 3230), within 400 meters of the terminal complex; and 
(c) the Hotel Formule 1 (tel. +61 3 8336 1811), a five-minute walk to the terminals.
Melbourne International Airport has 4 passenger terminals - domestic T1 & T3,  international T2, and  budget /domestic T4.

If you pick up a passenger at Melbourne Airport,
you can use the free 'Ring & Ride Waiting Zone' (Cell phone lot) - free for the first 20 mins, then standard fees aply.  Stay with your car until your party has retrieved bags and calls you to be picked up at the curb.  This lot is occupying a designated area within the Long-term carpark. Enter through 2 long-term carpark gates on Terminal Drive & Center Road, and exit through the long-term lot on to Melrose Drive and the terminal forecourt.  The automatic pay station is close to the 'Ring & Ride' zone.
Present and Future Airport Developments:
1. Renovation work has started in the domestic part of Terminal 3, and is part of a one billion dollar infrastructure upgrade work over the next five years.
2. Construction on the new domestic Terminal 4 started in Fall 2013- intended for domestic low-cost flights and to eventually replace the old and separate T4 currently used by Tiger Airways.  The new terminal will also get  a multi-level new carpark , new baggage facilities & added aircraft gates, parking aprons and taxi lanes.  Upon completion, Terminal 4 will be under the same roof with Terminals 1 & 3, but a long walk from the international Terminal 2.
3. 17 new aircraft parking bays & taxi lanes, dedicated ground transportation facilities & Airport road network improvements. 
Completion of the first phase of Stage 1 is scheduled  for mid-2015.

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