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.

NOTE for 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:
(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.
(d) A new Apartment Hotel by Quest has been completed October 2014, 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 expansion of its facilities: 
1. By year-end 2014 T2's expansion of the Arrivals area is to be completed -already there is new seating at the International Arrivals Hall, and a north section of new quarantine search facility - while the southern section of it is nearing completion.
2. By early 2015, the project expanding airlines lounges and transit facilities is to be completed early 2015.
3. By mid-2015, the project extending Airport Drive & upgrading Steele Creek North - should provide a direct link between the Airport & M80 Ring Road.
4. By mid-2015 the South Apron expansion project is to be completed.
5. By 2015 there will be a new Terminal 4: Construction on the new domestic Terminal 4 started in Fall 2013 (located between T3 & existing T4) - intended for domestic low-cost flights of Jetstar & Tigerair - and to eventually replace the old and separate T4 currently used by Tiger Airways. New T4 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.
6. Work started on the integrated ground transport hub - which is to provide pickup & dropoff zones for all ground transport vehicles (incl. private), rental cars, buses & taxis - is to be located on Service Rd. N, between Grants Rd. & Departure Dr. (No completion date is yet available).
7. By early 2016 the taxiway slab replacement project is to be completed.

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