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 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.  While the elevated Loop Road has been completed, the  Melrose Drive construction and the extension of Airport Drive & upgrade of Steele Creek North  (for direct link between Airport & M80 Ring Road) should be done by mid-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
: 1. International travelers need to arrive at the airport three hours prior to scheduled flight (domestic travelers need only be there one hour before departure).
2. Measures for Ebola screening have been taken by all Australian airports as of November 2014, whereby international arrivals need to complete the new Travel History Card regarding their travels in the past 21 days.
On-Airport Hotels at Melbourne Airport:
    The Hilton Melbourne Airport Hotel (tel. +613 8336 2000 /fax 2001), connected by covered walkways to Domestic & International terminals;
    The Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport (tel. +61 3 9330 3230), within 400 meters of the terminal complex;.   
    The Hotel Formule 1 (tel. +61 3 8336 1811), a five-minute walk to the terminals.
    Apartment Hotel by Quest, located at the Airport's business precinct (corner of South Center Rd / Annandale Rd.).
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:  Melbourne Airport is investing nearly $10B) on upgrade and extension of its facilities - much of which has already been completed or are soon to be completed.
    By mid-2015, the project extending Airport Drive & upgrading Steele Creek North - should provide a direct link between the Airport & M80 Ring Road.
    By mid-2015 the South Apron expansion project with 21 new aircraft parking bays and redevelopment of gates 28A & 22 is to be completed.
   By mid-2015 ongoing work on the new multi-level integrated Transport Hub - located on Service Rd. N, between Grants Rd. & Departure Dr. - is to provide pickup & dropoff zones for all ground transport vehicles (incl. private), rental cars, buses & taxis - is to be  (No completion date is yet available).
    By Fall 2015 there will be a new Domestic Terminal 4, located between T3 & 'old' T4) - intended for domestic low-cost flights of Jetstar,Tigerair & Rex (eventually replacing the old T4). New T4 will also get  a multi-level carpark, new baggage facilities & added aircraft gates, parking aprons and taxi lanes.  Upon its completion, new T4 will be covered under one roof with T1 & T3 (but with a long walk from the international T2). Already by year-end 2014, roof & external facade 'neared completion' while focus now on internal outfit  (installation of lifts, escalators, stairs & framework for retail shops.
    By early 2016 the  taxiway slab replacement project is to be completed.

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