New entry and exit roads, a redeveloped international terminal, rooftop bar and restaurant, and a 464-room hotel are just some of the new features proposed for Melbourne Airport’s $500 million upgrade.
Details of the project were released last night, with plans set to create hundreds of jobs in Melbourne.
The upgrade is a welcome approach to ease traffic congestion. But, it is also an exciting move towards creating a more Melbourne experience for those traveling through the Tullamarine airport, while making the wait for your next flight from Melbourne a more modern and comfortable one.
In 2017-2018, the airport has welcomed 37 million people, with 10 million international passengers traveling to Melbourne for the first time.
Terminal 2 will be redeveloped with four stories of 30 new shops, restaurants and cafes. Travelers can also enjoy proposed new airline lounges and a mezzanine area with a diner and bar.
Among other initiatives, a $150 million hotel will begin construction in early 2019. The Fender Katsalidis designed building will be built in partnership with Accor group, and branded as Novotel and Ibis.
The hotel’s location will sit near Terminal 4 in The Hive precinct, with facilities including a commercial gym and swimming pool. Airport retail chief Andrew Gardiner says the proposed plans for the upgrade include uniquely Melbourne elements.
“Under our proposed concept, the development would include a rooftop bar and restaurant plus a viewing deck, replicating the rooftop bars located in our famous CBD laneways,” Mr. Gardiner said. “It’s an exciting concept, and one that we feel will really bring Melbourne’s culture to life at the airport.”
The airport’s makeover is an important part of improving the experience of Melbourne. Airport CEO Lyell Strambi explains his excitement for the project: “Getting the traveler experience right is fundamental to the success of our business, but we also need to keep investing in and developing the whole airport to help our airline customers be successful in their businesses, too.”
Major plans to reduce traffic congestion with an elevated loop road network are also in place, and stage one of a solar farm is expected to be completed in 2020 in order to meet the airport’s energy needs.
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