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September 17, 2013 Airport, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Jetstar is to become the main tenant in Melbourne Airport’s new AUD 400 million fourth terminal when it opens in 2015.

The move to Melbourne’s Terminal 4 (T4) will open up space in Terminal 1 (T1) where Qantas is located.

While Tiger Australia is also likely to continue operating from the new T4 when the redevelopmentBanner 250x250px is complete, Jetstar’s dominant presence has been confirmed by Jetstar Group chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka, who said the development of T4 would allow Jetstar to continue offering more flights in and out of Melbourne.

“As anchor tenant for Terminal 4, we’re pleased to partner with Melbourne Airport in this development and we look forward to launching operations from the new terminal in 2015,” Hrdlicka said.

She said Melbourne was a key hub for Jetstar, which had recorded “double digit passenger growth in and out of the port over the past few years”.  In the most recent financial year (ended 30 June 2013), the Qantas low-cost offshoot carried more than 5.5 million passengers through Melbourne Airport.

“This investment and long term agreement will provide us with the airport infrastructure we need to sustain our capacity growth in and out of Melbourne into the future,” Hrdlicka added.

The new terminal will be located at the southern end of the airport and, once completed, will be fully integrated with the existing terminals under one roof.

This will let Jetstar customers walk between domestic and international terminals within minutes while under cover.

Hrdlicka said the development of T4 would help Jetstar deliver “a seamless travel experience for our customers from the time they enter the airport precinct.

“The design incorporates a designated space for our self-service kiosks and bag drop facilities located on the ground floor within close proximity to the transport zone.

“On the upper floor, Jetstar customers will enjoy a bright and spacious departure lounge with a wide range of food and retail outlets.”

The T4 development is a part of Melbourne Airport’s Southern Precinct Program (SPP) incorporating landside and airside infrastructure which has the potential to service 17 new aircraft parking positions and more than 10 million passengers a year on completion.

Written by : Peter Needham

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