Melbourne Airport has released plans to begin work on its new $300 million domestic terminal in October with an aim to open the doors by July 2014.
The 35,000 square metre T4 terminal, to be built to the south of the current T3, will be designed to accommodate up to 20 million passengers per year and will include additional aircraft apron space and taxi lanes, the airport says. The project also includes widening roads into the airport and the construction of two multi-level car parks.
The new terminal will be connected to the current terminals, maintaining Melbourne’s “under one roof” advantage over rival Sydney Airport.
Melbourne has not revealed which airlines will use T4 and says talks with carriers are ongoing. The new terminal will replace the T4 shed currently used by Tiger Airways and is likely to be aimed at the budget carrier market.
“We are in ongoing discussions with prospective users of the new terminal about its configuration and operation,” Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said.
In a Preliminary Draft Major Development Plan released today, the airport said construction of the new terminal is expected to create up to 400 jobs on site. The draft plan will be available for review and public comment until May 7 and can be found here.