2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan

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The 2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan has now been approved by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of the 2018 Master Plan process.

Prior to approving the 2018 Master Plan, the Minister requested that several changes be made to the document. Essentially these changes related to typographical errors, ensuring the document used consistent language and further clarification of runway modes as outlined by Airservices Australia and CASA.

The Airports Act 1997 requires all federally leased airports to prepare a Master Plan every 5 years to guide the future growth and development of the airport over the next 20 years.

The Master Plan:

  • Sets the strategic direction for the airport
  • Provides a plan for the development of the airport site
  • Indicates to the public the intended uses of the site and development proposals
  • Includes provisions to reduce potential conflicts between the uses of the site
  • Ensures that uses of the site are compatible with areas surrounding the airport
  • Ensures compliance with environmental legislation and standards

To view the 2018 Master Plan for Melbourne Airport go to the Document Library on the right hand side of this page.

You can also access the Melbourne Airport Noise Tool to view the potential noise impacts at your property.


The 2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan has now been approved by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of the 2018 Master Plan process.

Prior to approving the 2018 Master Plan, the Minister requested that several changes be made to the document. Essentially these changes related to typographical errors, ensuring the document used consistent language and further clarification of runway modes as outlined by Airservices Australia and CASA.

The Airports Act 1997 requires all federally leased airports to prepare a Master Plan every 5 years to guide the future growth and development of the airport over the next 20 years.

The Master Plan:

  • Sets the strategic direction for the airport
  • Provides a plan for the development of the airport site
  • Indicates to the public the intended uses of the site and development proposals
  • Includes provisions to reduce potential conflicts between the uses of the site
  • Ensures that uses of the site are compatible with areas surrounding the airport
  • Ensures compliance with environmental legislation and standards

To view the 2018 Master Plan for Melbourne Airport go to the Document Library on the right hand side of this page.

You can also access the Melbourne Airport Noise Tool to view the potential noise impacts at your property.

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    from a runway being built how long does it take to commission and able to operate whether at Cat I Cat II or Cat III

    GREA22 asked 5 months ago

    Hi Grea22,

    Thanks for the question!

    Following the completion of construction works the commissioning will take between 3 and 6 months to bring the runway into service. The category of the proposed runway is still being considered but could achieve CAT I on opening day and CAT II/III between 6 and 12 months after opening (should they be required).


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    Do you have plans for a new airport terminal and if so when would the construction start ?

    John Lucas asked 10 months ago

    Hi John,

    As identified in the Master Plan, over the next 10-15 years there will be ongoing expansions to existing terminals and possible development of a fifth terminal. Subject to appropriate commercial agreements with airlines, these will be delivered at appropriate points in time to meet forecast demand and capacity needs

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    what is the difference between MAEO and MAEO Schedule 2?

    Nick asked 10 months ago

    Hi Nick,

    The MAEO’s form part of the Victorian planning scheme under State planning legislation. MAEO1 applies to areas of higher noise exposure and is more restrictive than MAEO2. For example, under MAEO1 certain noise sensitive uses such as schools, hospitals and certain types of accommodation are prohibited, whereas MAEO2 requires a permit for these uses. Specific details for both schedules can be found in the Hume, Melton, Brimbank, Moonee Valley and Whittlesea Planning Schemes.

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    Will you expand or build a new satellite terminal for international flight ? How long with the 3rd runway will be

    Jason asked 9 months ago

    Hi Jason,

    Additional expansions to the International terminal are planned over the next 5-10 years at appropriate points in time to meet demand for additional capacity, processing facilities and aircraft gates.

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    what is melbourne airports policy on aircraft crash’s under flight paths and what assistance will you provide if there’s a disaster. What procedures are currently in place.

    No to 3rd runway asked 8 months ago

    Hi No to 3rd runway,

    Melbourne Airport has an aerodrome emergency plan (AEP).  This plan is required under Australian law.  The law requires APAM to plan for any emergency that can reasonably be foreseen. 

    In planning for these emergencies, APAM must plan for a worst case scenario.  We also work closely with the airlines to ensure that there are adequate services and arrangements in place to support people affected by an emergency.  This includes developing specific relief and recovery plans, ensuring that the right agencies and service providers are in place and trained to respond to an emergency situation.  These arrangements don’t stop with response, they continue into relief and recovery services as well.

    The AEP is reviewed on an annual basis.  This is done with the support of the Victorian Emergency Services through the airport emergency committee.  In addition the plan is also tested annually to review its effectiveness.  APAM are audited annually by CASA to ensure that APAM is meeting the requirements set down in law for emergency planning.

    APAM participates in the Victorian Emergency Management Arrangements, to ensure that there is cooperation and mutual support between the airport, the airlines and the Victorian emergency services.


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    If property is in the noise area, can a Childcare centre be built in the Zone? There is one being proposed to Hume Council at 1 Baker Crt. Meadow Heights.

    Dianna Colbeck asked 7 months ago

    Hi Dianna,

    The site you refer to is located within the Melbourne Airport Environs Overlay 2 (MAEO2) within which a child care centre is a discretionary use (ie a permit is required).

    Melbourne Airport is not the planning authority or decision maker under State planning legislation or any planning scheme relating to land around the airport. The planning authority is usually the local municipal council, in this case Hume City Council.

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    Why can’t you show a plan with the runway and highlight the flight path

    Steve asked 10 months ago

    Hi Steve,

    Melbourne Airport is currently working with Airservices Australia, airlines and other aviation stakeholders to develop a draft operating plan for the future parallel runway system.

    Once this has been determined, detailed noise modelling will be undertaken to assess the expected number of flights operating on each runway and the predicted noise exposure.

    This information will be presented in the Major Development Plan that will be available for public exhibition in early 2021

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    Will a curfew be in place for new proposed runway ?

    Tony asked 8 months ago

    Hi Tony,

    Melbourne Airport will not be seeking to introduce a curfew as part of its plans for the third runway.


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    Will aircrafts, fly over Gladstone Park Surburb. Please confirm.

    Samsung asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Samsung,

    Thanks for your question. 

    The proposed east-west runway would affect Gladstone Park residents, with predictions that new aircraft arrival noise would be experienced over Gladstone Park. You can enter your exact location into the Melbourne Airport noise tool to find out more specific information about your location based on short and longer term predicted levels of noise.

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    What areas of Gladstone Park will be effected by aircrafts flying over.

    vinod.prasad asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Vinod,

    Thanks for getting in touch. The proposed east-west runway would affect Gladstone Park residents, with predictions that new aircraft arrival noise would be experienced over Gladstone Park. You can enter your exact location into the Melbourne Airport noise tool to find out more specific information about your location based on short and longer term predicted levels of noise.

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    With the viewing area on Operations Road, what will happen to this once 9R27L are built? Will it have tunnel type access to the observation area still, or will a new observation area be built as it is quite a popular area for aviation photographers/spotters. And are there any plans to re-open the observation deck in the terminal?

    Paul Yole asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for getting in touch. The viewing area on Operations Rd will be removed once the east-west runway comes online.

    We are currently looking at alternative observation areas in the site and ways to improve our visitor experience.

    If you have any suggestions on where a new observation area could be located, please let us know.

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    As part of your plan are you going to provide a secure, enclosed and safe animal assistant relief area protected from the weather with access to water and a bin for doggie do? Unlike the current areas which are littered with cigarette butts, not under cover, secure and have no facilities. Assistant animals are your customers too. Adelaide Airport has a brilliant facility which even has a fire hydrant!

    Suzanne Svobodova asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Suzanne, thanks for your ideas for assistance dog amenities. We have forwarded that to the department responsible so that they can consider it when planning for future upgrades.

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    Please..please..plese GET RID of the 19th century BOLLARD "Victorian" family..ground floor entrance to car park. They are a constant embarrasment to me and everyone I know who comes through the Melbourne Airport. Let's make the revamp of the airport an opportunity for cutting edge public art - lets take a leaf from the thinkers behind EAST LINK art project along the length of that freeway..but NEVER again bollard family, Cheers And happy christmas, Nina Rinaldo, decorator, Melbourn

    Nina Rinaldo asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Nina, thanks for getting in touch. Our bollards, that came from Geelong, link us to the iconic bollards at the Geelong waterfront, one of Victoria's fantastic attractions. We are very fond of them. We support Victorian public art and we have taken on board your feedback. If you have any suggestions for future projects please let us know. Cheers

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    Signage all throughout the airport land whether it be near terminals,inner roads etc need to be enhanced and perhaps even move with the times and start integrating digital signage which can be if required given real time info incase of specific road closure etc. Also lighting in general needs to be improved

    Rohit asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Rohit, thanks for getting in touch. As part of the Master Plan, we have quite a few projects planned on improving the internal road network, which of course links with the external roads. The improvements include digital and static wayfinding signage. There is more about this in Part D, Chapter 14 of the Master Plan. If you are registered with this My Melbourne Airport site, we will keep you updated with our progress.


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    Why arent the signs up for terminals further away from the actual exit somyou knownwhat lane to get in. Please consider more water fountains

    Stasha Isaacs asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Stasha,

    Signs are currently located along the Tullamarine Freeway, however, your suggestion has been taken on board and will be considered.


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    Hi. I go to the airport at times for work related purposes or to meet people there. I would like to cycle, and the existing path from Sharps road to Mercer drive is fantastic. However, it doesn't link up well. In the proposed plan, it suggests linking up this path to the Western Ring road path, and also connecting the path over the last few metres to the terminal. This would be great. Any timeline on when this would be done? It seems a shame to not do it, because the missing gaps are only short, but without these links, the existing path is not so useful.

    Alex asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Alex,

    Active transport links is one of the things we are considering as part of the integrated development for the site. However, a specific time frame has not been determined at present.


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    I live in Gladstone Park. The new east-west runway is going to have significant noise impact. Will the airport corporation or responsible authority have a program to install measure at my property to mitigate the increased noise levels, i.e. double glazed windows and doors, insulation etc.. I was never made aware of this new run-way and changes to the flight path.

    Robert Clementi asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Robert,

    Since the 1960s the long-term development plans for Melbourne Airport have included a four runway system. The airport’s 2013 Master Plan, which was approved by the Commonwealth Government, identified the need for a third runway, with preference for the east-west runway. It is also set out in the Preliminary Draft 2018 Master Plan. Melbourne Airport does not have plans to implement a program like you have described

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    1) Will the Value of OUR HOME be devalued because of this runway going over US? 2) We have rattling of Our Windows AND noise especially Night-time at present - disturbing US which will be infinitely worse once this runway goes directly over US ? IN London where planes FLY over houses the airport installed double glazing as a help - will YOU be doing the same for us ?

    Mrs Dalrene POMPEUS asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Darlene,

    As part of our planning for the new runway development, we commissioned Property Economics Professor Chris Eves, of RMIT's School of Property, Construction and Project Management to conduct a study into the impact of aircraft noise on property prices in suburbs surrounding the airport. One key finding was that the location of a residential property under a Melbourne flight path has no significant long-term impact on average house prices compared to non-affected residential suburbs. You can read more about that study here.

    The outcomes of the noise modelling for the preliminary airspace design show that the number of residents currently affected by aircraft noise at night will be substantially reduced because of the Runway Development Program.

    The preliminary airspace design for the third runway identified alternative noise abatement procedures that aim to direct the vast majority of night time flights over less populated and Green Wedge areas to the north and the west.

    At this time, Melbourne Airport does not have plans to compensate residents affected by noise levels.


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    When will we see the T1 and T3 apron expansion project and swing gates start construction? Is there plans for a makeover in the T1 area?

    Daniel asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Daniel,

    Substantial development is being undertaken across the airport including in T2 which is aiming to enhance the passenger experience. Further information on some of Melbourne Airports other projects can be found at https://www.melbourneairport.com.au/Corporate/Planning-projects/MDP

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    Currently the international terminal check-in area is having quite a bit of work being done, is there any publicly listed information or designs to see what is happening and where it will all extend and expand to? Seems to me airport staff don't even know what is occurring at the moment.

    Daniel asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Daniel,

    Substantial development is being undertaken across the airport including in T2 which is aiming to enhance the passenger experience. Further information on some of Melbourne Airports other projects can be found at https://www.melbourneairport.com.au/Corporate/Planning-projects/MDP

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    It's understood that the Government has committed to a review of the Melbourne Airport Environs Strategy Plan (MAESP) once the Melbourne Airport Master Plan 2018 (Preliminary Draft) has been accepted. Given the significant changes to the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) compared to 2003, what is the likelihood of land currently off-limits for urban development in Diggers Rest being primed for development and will this have the capacity to restrict future nightly aircraft movements between 11:00pm and 6:00am?

    MAEO_3427 asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi MAEO_3427,

    It is acknowledged that the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan illustrates changes to the ANEF affecting certain areas within Diggers Rest, however importantly, the Master Plan also refers to the N-contours, which are also considered when assessing noise impacts. While under the 2018 Draft ANEF a particular site or area may no longer be affected by the ANEF, it may still be significantly affected by daily aircraft noise by way of its location within the four N-contours. Accordingly, Melbourne Airport would not support these particular sites / areas being opened up to higher density noise-sensitive development given the future noise impacts resulting from the proposed additional runways.

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    Hi. I reviewed the submission form and submitted it ahead of up loading a submission in PDF format but having done this I was advised "Your submission has been successfully processed to our team. Thanks for your submission, you can't resubmit." I am also unable to find any information on this site regarding alternative ways make a submission - eg by email or post. Have I missed something?

    CACG Chair asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi CACG Chair,

    Information regarding the submission process can be found in the main section of the Master Plan page and in our Frequently Asked Question section.

    Those wanting to make a submission can do so in a variety of ways. They can use the submission form on this site or send a submission via email to stakeholder@melair.com.au or post to, Planning Manager, Melbourne Airport, Locked Bag 16, Tullamarine, 3043.

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    Hello, Could you please explain the difference in the number and times planes will fly overhead Cairnlea before and after this expansion? I have noticed certain times of the year when planes fly increasingly low over our home (never used to be the case) and the noise is deafening. Will there be any curfews placed to help residents in my area? Please don't refer me to the online tool as it is difficult to follow.

    Julia asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Julia,

    With regard to Cairnlea, at the moment some of the large planes departing from the north-south runway will head south and then make a turn towards the north-west. (The north-south runway is currently the longest runway.) There can be more departures in this direction when southerly winds are prevailing. When the proposed new runway system is built more flights will be able to depart directly from the extended east-west runway to head west. The existing north–south runway will continue to be used, however, less frequently depending on weather and air traffic control requirements.

    Melbourne Airport’s curfew-free status is a competitive advantage that Victoria is keen to protect. The airport works closely with Airservices Australia to implement noise abatement procedures that aim to minimise the number of people affected by aircraft noise. 

    You are welcome to attend the next Community forum in Gladstone Park on 11 September (4-7pm, Gladstone Park Community Centre, 1-9 South Circular Drive, Gladstone Park, where Melbourne Airport representatives can talk you through the Noise Tool and flight paths. There will also be specific Runway Development Program forums later this year and early next year that you are also welcome to attend.


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    If a property is currently affected by the Melbourne Airport Overlay Schedule 2 however, the new ANEF indicates that it is no longer effected, yet the N-contours suggest that it is still effected, what is the likely outcome for this property. Also, when would you expect that changes to the Planning and Enviroment Act would come into effect.

    Sarah asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Sarah,

    The Melbourne Airport Environs Overlay (MAEO) forms an important plank of the Victorian Planning Provisions to ensure appropriate land use and development in noise affected areas and is the main statutory planning tool currently safeguarding Melbourne Airport. The existing MAEO schedules continue to apply within the 2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan and therefore any property within MAEO 2 are subject to the planning requirements as outlined within the overlays.


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    Will the master plan consider the review of the Melbourne airport overlay schedule 1 & 2 of the planning scheme? If not, is there a review planned for this outdated overlay?

    Sedat asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Sedat,

    Richard Wynne, the Victorian Minister for Planning, has stated that the MAEO will be updated in consultation with affected councils and property owners after the finalisation of the Master Plan, using his powers under s20(4) and s20(5) of the Planning and Environment Act.

    The Minister has also stated that he will undertake a review of the 2003 Melbourne Airport Environs Strategy Plan, including the declared Melbourne Airport Environs Area, and the effectiveness of planning scheme provisions in protecting the airport and its environs using an advisory committee process at that time.


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    Hello, Regarding the new east-west runway can you please provide real answers (and not commentary) for the following questions: (a) what volume of arrival and departure air traffic is forecast to/from the east of Melbourne Airport over Gladstone Park - year to year? (b) what will be the lowest altitude (height above ground level) that large jet aircraft will fly over heavily populated areas of Gladstone Park including GS Primary School and GS Shopping Centre? (c) what type of large jet aircraft will be able to take off to the east given the length of runway? (d) what type of large jet aircraft will be able to land from the east given the length of runway? (e) Will the runway to the east provide adequate runoff for a large jet aircraft required to do an emergency aborted take off? (f) when a large jet aircraft takes off to the east and immediately following rotation (lift off) it is required to do an emergency/forced landing where will the landing most likely occur? I look forward to receiving real answers for each of the 5 question above. Regards, Darren

    Darren asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Darren,

    The Runway Development Program (RDP) is being designed to accommodate Code C and Code E aircraft; some examples are an A320, a Boeing 737 and a Boeing 777. The 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan (Part C, Section 7.4, p 80) has set out the airport’s growth forecasts for aircraft movements year-on-year to 2038. ANECs 2 and 5 (Part C, Section 9, p 100) outline the predicted percentage of usage in each direction for the RDP and this can be used to interpret the predicted volume of traffic split by runway end.

    The altitude of aircraft flying over Gladstone Park changes depending on where in Gladstone Park you are situated in relation to the aircraft approach and extended centreline. As a good guide, the aircraft fly a minimum of a 3 degree slope to the landing point on the runway.

    There are adequate processes in place for managing a go-around (or aborted take-off) within the preliminary RDP airspace design which conforms to the highest international standards and practices. While there are many factors involved in decision making for emergencies, you can see the protection areas and public safety zones that form part of that decision making in the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan, Part D, Chapter 17, p 277.

    The RDP Major Development Plan will be on public exhibition from December 2018 and findings of the impact assessments specific to the RDP will be released for the public to learn about the airport’s plan. It will also outline the ways Melbourne Airport plans to minimise, mitigate, monitor or offset any impacts.

    There will be community forums specifically about the proposed new runway later this year/early next year where you will be welcome to attend to speak with someone. You can also attend the Master Plan community forums scheduled in August and September.


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    To me, the biggest usability issue at the airport is pedestrians crossing the elevated vehicle drop-off road as they go between T1, 2 & 3 and the main ( original ) carpark. It's dangerous for pedestrians and a pain for drivers. I have skimmed through the report to see if that is being addressed. One image suggests - Yes, by removing vehicles from the drop-off road, and shifting the drop-off to ground level. Is that correct ? Sorry and thank you.

    John Warburton asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi John,

    That is correct. Over the next five years Melbourne Airport will progressively deliver a new, direct connection from the Tullamarine Freeway into the T4 ground transport hub; the construction of a one-way elevated road, connecting the existing T4 ramp into a reconfigured T123 ground transport hub; and exit connections to Departure Drive and Melbourne Drive. It is intended that the new elevated network will be used for drop-off, pick-up and some parking functions and will provide the opportunity to remove all traffic off Departure Drive. This will reduce pedestrian-vehicle conflict, provide greater pedestrian priority at the departures level and increase the separation distance from the terminal building. Figure 14.2 of the Master Plan provides an artist’s impression of the new network.


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    Hi just wondering what the effect will be in Taylors Lakes We get noise now and not happy that we will be probably getting more. Honestly I don't think they care about residents when there is a heap of land on the other side going towards bulla. sunbury I know they say its a security thing and less taxing for the planes but its unfair to residents that have lived here for years. Do any of the consultants live in the area I doubt it Also property prices will drop and don't say they wont yet our council will still jack up our rates each year Not happy at all When I purchased here the original 3rd runway plan was to go the same way as the existing one now its change

    Bella asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Bella,

    The noise assessment for the third runway to this point indicates that airport noise may be more noticeable in the Taylors Lakes area to the west during the day and evening. The majority of night flights will be directed over the Green Wedge areas to the north and the west. The Major Development Plan for the Runway Development Project will be made available in December this year and will provide more detailed information on the proposed preliminary airspace design and its potential impacts.

    When looking at the noise effect in your area, or specifically your address, a great place to start is the Melbourne Airport Noise Tool that has been updated with the new noise forecasts from the2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan. You are also welcome to attend one of our community forums. You can find details on the forum locations and dates here.

    As part of our planning for the new runway development, we commissioned Property Economics Professor Chris Eves, of RMIT's School of Property, Construction and Project Management to conduct a study into the impact of aircraft noise on property prices in suburbs surrounding the airport. One key finding was that the location of a residential property under a Melbourne flight path has no significant long-term impact on average house prices compared to non-affected residential suburbs. You can read more about that study here.


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    Will Public transport, trains be in this Master plan? How close to check in counters, will the train platfroms be? Will there be many large lifts & escalators to allow for people & thier luggage, resonable efficiency of movement, from train platforms, to check in & out counters of flights?

    anne asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Anne,

    A detailed business case will be prepared by the State and Federal Governments over the next two years to look at what is required for the airport rail link through Sunshine. Part of that assessment will look at existing and new infrastructure, including whether new stations are required between Albion and the airport. 

    This Master Plan makes provision for a rail link, including reserving land on-airport for a rail alignment. The extension of Airport Drive includes a wide median reservation to allow for construction of a rail connection into the terminal. This Master Plan also makes provision for a station to be located in close proximity to the terminal buildings, providing easy access for all passengers. 

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    Will the airport consider more than the bare number of residences, schools and aged care homes receiving access to insulation/double glazing packages for their homes. That is, more than the number that the airport would be required to do under Federal regulations. This would be a win/win for residents and the airport in terms of its reputation

    Karen asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Karan,

    Melbourne Airport does not have plans to retrofit houses with double-glazed windows. We will be holding community forums specifically about the proposed new runway later in the year/early next year where you will be welcome to attend to speak with someone about potential changes in your area from the proposed new runway.

    When the dates for those forums are confirmed, they will be posted on this website and advertised in the local papers.

    You can also attend the upcoming Master Plan forums organised for your area. You can find details of the forums in Caroline Springs, Keilor and Gladstone Park here.


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    Hii i am Wenkkatesh studying maters in aviation at RMIT university . i have some questions which will be useful for my research project based on noise generated by Melbourne air port. what are noise abatement procedures that are taken for the new 3 rd and 4th run ways? and what are the new noise management procedures that taken by the airport to reduce the noise effect on surround areas like DiggersRest, Gladstone Park and Broad Meadows?

    wenkkatessh asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Wenkkatesh,

    We hope your studies are going well. We are currently on public exhibition for the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan - which outlines the future direction for Melbourne Airport. To read more about the 2018 Master Plan, click here.

    We are also holding a series of community forums to specifically talk about the Master Plan and, if you have time, we would encourage you to come along and speak to our staff. To find out more about the forums, click here.

    Regarding the third runway, we expect the Major Development Plan for that proposal to be on public exhibition in early December. We are in the process of finalising dates for community forums to discuss the project with the community and expect to have those available on the my.melbourneairport.com website in the near future.

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    Yes i agree, its atrocious experience getting on a flight. Up and down those stairs. It really feels second rate compared to Sydney and overseas airports. I wonder if you should be given an additional license at all considering how bad the design from getting from the door to the plane for domestic. Make it seamless, because currently its not and its second rate airport especially when i get home at night. I know its all about profit but it would be nice to spend the millions on airport parking and other fees on improving the experience for people insider the airport especially for domestic flyers as its horrible and when i used to fly once a week to sydney shows how bad our airport was in comparison.

    johnk asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Johnk,

    Thank you for taking the time to share your views about Melbourne Airport. We would encourage you to make a submission on the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan - which outlines the future direction of the airport. To make a submission and to read more about the 2018 Master Plan click here.

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    As a resident of Gladstone Park, right next to Rylands Drive, i would ask if the airport has a plan to retrofit the exisiting homes along the new runway with double-glazing windows and better insulation to reduce the noise. As it is, we are in the effected zone and it worries us that the fly path might be too noisy for our thin glass windows.

    Carol asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Carol,

    Melbourne Airport does not have plans to retrofit houses with double-glazed windows. We will be holding community forums specifically about the proposed new runway later in the year/early next year where you will be welcome to attend to speak with someone about potential changes in your area from the proposed new runway.

    When the dates for those forums are confirmed, they will be posted on this website and advertised in the local papers.

    You can also attend the upcoming Master Plan forums organised for your area. You can find details of the forums in Broadmeadows, Caroline Springs, Keilor and Gladstone Park here. The venue for the September Gladstone Park forum is still to be confirmed. 


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    Sir/Madam, We are 73 and 71 year old retires and been living in G/Park from last 31 years . This is our 1st and last property and not moving to another area. Based on local newspaper more than 10 thousands of homes will bear the brunt of adverse effects of aircraft flying directly over G/Park and we do not see any reason for not believing the report based on present flying of aircraft over this suburb even not frequently as contents of our home retals. I need guarantee that once the 3rd runway is operational our health and safety will not be effected and the property price will not be effected and will not create other nuisance which may cause our health to deteriorate. Please also confirm as to when this additional runway and extentions will be operational. Await urgent your response in simple English Vinod Prasad

    Prasadvk asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Vinod Prasad,

    If approved, Melbourne Airport plans to start building the proposed new runway in 2019 to be operational by 2023.

    Melbourne Airport is working on a Major Development Plan for the proposed new runway. A major objective of this plan is to investigate and assess the impacts of the runway development on noise and health in the community, traffic flows around the airport, employment, property values and the environment.

    The Major Development Plan will be available on public exhibition from December 2018 and findings of the impact assessments will be released for the public to learn about the airport’s plan. It will also outline the ways Melbourne Airport plans to minimise, mitigate, monitor or offset any impacts.

    We will also be holding community forums specifically about the proposed new runway later in the year/early next year where the community will be able to talk to our staff and share any concerns and ask questions. 

    When the dates for those forums are confirmed, they will be posted on this website and advertised in the local papers.

    You can also attend the upcoming Master Plan forums organised for your area. You can find details of the forums in Broadmeadows, Caroline Springs, Keilor and Gladstone Park here. The venue for the September Gladstone Park forum is still to be confirmed. 


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    Currently the airport looks like a patchwork of 1960s original and cheaply built, disjointed LEGO attachments as terminals. It is crowded, poorly managed traffic flow, disorganised mess of services (taxis, buses, shops, cafes). Will this Master Plan create a complete overhaul of the Airport’s design and layout and be an appealing first impression to visitors, and be something Melburnians can be proud of?

    iain asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi iain,

    Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback. The 2018 Master Plan will go a long way to providing improved services and facilities. If you haven't already, we strongly encourage you to have a read of the 2018 Master Plan, which can be downloaded from this website and we encourage you to make a submission with any suggestions for further improvement. We are also hosting a series of community forums in Broadmeadows, Caroline Springs, Keilor and Gladstone Park. More details on the forums can be found here.

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    Current limited space does not allow for the proposed body scanners to be installed at domestic passenger security screening. How will the new plans allocate this required extra area?

    Gwen asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Gwen,

    CT (body) scanners have now been mandated by Government for installation in passenger and baggage screening processes. We are currently redeveloping our International passenger screening point to facilitate this technology and are also working on plans for installing them throughout the rest of the airport to meet Government requirements.

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    Hi, I flew Jetstar the other day and was shocked in the length of the distance which I had to walk from taxi drop off to check in, and then from check in to the gates. Most Airports have travellators to aid and speed up such long walks. Are there any plans to aid this walk outside and inside terminal 4?

    Andy asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Andy,

    T4 was developed in close consultation with airlines who were seeking to provide new infrastructure at a cost effective level in order to keep airfare costs low. The T4 walk is equivalent to two city blocks though we acknowledge this can feel like a lengthy walk inside a building. We are exploring possible alterations with our airline customers to improve this experience. Future terminal projects will consider provision of travellators to provide a good level of service for passengers and will be installed subject to commercial agreements with airlines operating in the terminals. 


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    Id like to know if the international departure zone( where all the airlines are doing the check ins) is going to be re-Built , bigger and with more facilities and modern structure. It happens to me every time I drop my overseas family there it is a mess. Thank you!

    Mariela asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Mariela,

    Thanks for your question. Over the past 12 months the Airport has redeveloped some international check-in areas to install new, more efficient technology (Kiosks and Automatic Bag Drops) and modernised the presentation of the hall. The rest of the check-in area will be progressively re-developed over time to further cater for the needs of the airport community and improve passenger experience in this processing area.

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    It appears in your plan that terminal 5 pier development and associated apron area goes through your plan for the hive and car rental backup area. How does this work?

    IJones asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi IJones,

    The potential future T5 pier development shown on the indicative long-term master plan diagram, is located south and therefore does not impact the proposed Hive development area. A portion of the Car rental back-up area and other facilities in the area may need to be relocated to accommodate the T5 pier development, depending on the extent of pier that is required. The size and design of T5 and associated pier will be determined at an appropriate point in the future at which point the implications will be further investigated.


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    Hi, your airport noise tool is not working. Can you please fix it?

    Orkedia asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Orkedia, Thanks for letting us know. We will find out the problem and get is fixed ASAP.

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    Hi Will the new runaway reduce the noise or change the flights currently flying over Epping? Where can I see the flight path for the new runaway. Thanks

    Cheryl asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Cheryl,

    The proposed new east-west runway will mean an increase in arrivals and departures to the east. This means residents in Epping may experience increased noise during the day and evening. 

    These impacts have been reduced as much as possible through the preliminary airspace design. 

    At night time (between 11pm and 6am) there will barely be any overflights to the east as the majority of night time departures would be directed over less populated Green Wedge areas to the north and west.

    Actual flight paths will not be determined until closer to the proposed third runway opening. However, flight corridors that provide an indication of predicted flight paths of a three-runway, developed in consultation with Airservices, and can be found in the Draft 2018 Master Plan, Section 9.3 by clicking on our Document Library.

    The Major Development Plan for the proposed third runway will be made available in early December 2018 so that the community and other stakeholders can review the plan, have their say and provide their input before it is submitted to the Commonwealth Government for approval.

    Late this year/early next year we will also hold a series of community forums specifically about the proposed third runway, which will provide an opportunity for the community to talk to our technical team and ask questions and provide feedback on the proposal.



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    Are new stations planned between Melbourne Airport & Albion?

    Sandy Jane asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Sandy,

    A detailed business case will be prepared by the State and Federal Governments over the next two years to look at what is required for the airport rail link through Sunshine. Part of that assessment will look at existing and new infrastructure, including whether new stations are required between Albion and the airport. 

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    Given the large area of impact from the runway development and the removal of the public from the CACG consultation process preceding the release of the Master Plan 2018 and to address the issue for those people not attached to online communication will the master plan 2018 be made available to the public at the council offices for Hume, Brimbank, Melton and Moreland, Moonee Valley

    Hume Residents Airport Action Group asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your suggestion. We will provide a hard copy at each of the council offices in the areas of Hume, Brimbank, Melton, Moreland and Moonee Valley. The 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan will be available to view at each of these locations by the end of this week. Just to be clear the public exhibition period is for the Master Plan only. While the proposed third runway does form part of the 2018 Master Plan, the full runway plan will be released for public comment in December 2018. A series of community drop-in sessions specifically about the third runway is also planned for later this year/early next year.

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    It is time to make this airport as an airport, it is now like a jai. Shame on Australia to have such disgusting international airport. Was there this morning again to see such filth. Even Athens have better airport.

    Raymond J Scheicher. asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Raymond,

    We are sorry to hear that your experience at Melbourne Airport did not meet your expectation. We take pride in the look and feel of the airport and have achieved some great things over the past decade. We are currently planning for new upgrades and we hope the next time you visit it's a better experience.

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    Was there a noise tool for the third runway that was available on the website as the noise tool on there now shows it is unavailable?

    Ace asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Ace,

    Yes, there is a noise tool. We are just updating it and it will be back online soon.

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    if the third runway affects Gladstone park, is that means house price will drop? Will people face health issue? Are people going to move out of this suburb soon? plus for future investment, can Gladstone park house do dual -occupancy house? or subdivided?

    HYJ asked about 2 years ago

    Hi HYJ,

    We would encourage you to come to one of the community forums being held during the public exhibition of the 2018 Prelimiary Draft Master Plan. At these forums we will have members from our team available to answer your questions.

    The Major Development Plan for the proposed third runway will be made available in early December 2018 so that the community and other stakeholders can review the plan, have their say and provide their input before it is submitted to the Commonwealth Government for approval.

    Late this year/early next year we will also hold a series of community forums specifically about the proposed third runway, again providing an opportunity for the community to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposal.

    We have also commissioned a study into property values in areas that surround the airport. You can read the report here: https://my.melbourneairport.com/Property-values


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    How will this affect residents of Hillside. we are starting to experience more and more noise pollution from aircraft above our heads. I purchased in this area prior to this problem and now find that it is getting noisier . How will this affect values of our properties as by other comments residents are prepared to move because of the noise therefore prospective purchases will also not be prepared to purchase in the area. The question I pose is also whether the people working on the proposal actually live in the area or are they far away from the noise and air pollution. its also a poor argument that the airport has always been there as residents also have a right to live a quality of life free from noise and air pollution. Your comments are invited.

    supatrupa asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi supatrupa,

    We would encourage you to come to one of the community forums being held during the public exhibition of the 2018 Prelimiary Draft Master Plan. At these forums we will have members from our team available to answer your questions.

    The Major Development Plan for the proposed third runway will be made available in early December 2018 so that the community and other stakeholders can review the plan, have their say and provide their input before it is submitted to the Commonwealth Government for approval.

    Late this year/early next year we will also hold a series of community forums specifically about the proposed third runway, again providing an opportunity for the community to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposal.

    We have also commissioned a study into property values in areas that surround the airport. You can read the report here: https://my.melbourneairport.com/Property-values


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    Will the residential area of Tullamarine be affected by noise from the 3rd runway. More so the pocket of houses in between the streets of Lackenheath Drive and Tangemere?

    Ace asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Ace,

    Tullamarine is in close proximity to the airport and is currently affected by aircraft noise from the airport. It will continue to be affected by noise in the future as the planned new east-west runway is closer to the area you have described. The applicable noise contours ANEC 2 and ANEC 5 are in the draft 2018 Master Plan (Part C, page 110 and 112).

    Or click here to view them in more detail.

    We would also encourage you to come to one of the community forums being held during the public exhibition period of the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan. We will have members of our team available at these forums for you to speak to and ask questions. You can find out the dates and locations of the forums by viewing the Master Plan and events pages on this website.


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    This is all well and good for all the major financial stake holders and their big bags of money, however the noise and pollution impacts on the communities at the end of runways 1,2 and the proposed runway 3 are regarded as irritations easily dismissed? These communities who were there generations before the airport, and who's amenity has been decimated the last couple of years, now to find that community destruction put on steroids? The same communities were promised protections against everything now occurring by countless Prime Ministers, Ministers for Transport, Premiers, Local Members, Public Servants, Airport Executives etc. from conception of the airport, opening, and privatisation. Lies and half truths seem to come easy from you all, so why should the impacted residents believe anything any of you say? Where is the noise mediation? Where are the night (10pm-7am) curfews? Where is the meaningful consultation that is more then ' if you don't like it no one is stopping you from moving?'.

    Greg Taylor asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Greg, 

    Since the 1960s, it has been envisaged that the airport would have four runways as part of its ultimate development.

    Approval to build the third runway, extend the existing east-west runway and the associated infrastructure in the Runway Development Program is required from the Commonwealth Government via a Major Development Plan which is currently being developed by Melbourne Airport.

    The Major Development Plan includes detailed studies of the likely effect the proposed development will have on traffic flows, employee levels at the airport, the local and regional economy and community, noise and environmental impacts and sensitive land uses. It also includes proposals to avoid, minimise, mitigate, monitor or offset any negative impacts.

    The Major Development Plan will be made available in early December 2018 so that the community and other stakeholders can review the plan, have their say and provide their input before it is submitted to the Commonwealth Government for approval.

    As for your question about a curfew, since its establishment Melbourne Airport has been planned to operate around the clock to enable tourism, freight and trade. It is Victoria’s primary gateway for air passengers and air-freight exporters. It handles around 35 million passengers a year and accounts for almost a third of Australia’s air freight. Passenger numbers are forecast to reach 68 million passengers annually by 2038. Melbourne Airport’s curfew-free status is a competitive advantage that Victoria is keen to protect.

    We would encourage you to come along to one of the community forums planned during the public exhibition of the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan for Melbourne Airport. The dates and locations of the forums can be found by viewing the Master Plan or Talk to us pages.

    We will also hold community forums at the end of this year/early next year to talk to people specifically about the proposed third runway.


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    Will there be any changes to Existing North South Runway and changes to Noise Levels ( Keilor Side)? I have heard that there will reduced Aircraft Traffic on existing North South Runways once third Runway is built.

    Vijay777 asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Vijay,

    Currently, most of the aircraft noise experienced by residents around Keilor comes from the north-south runway.

    If the new, east-west oriented runway is approved, the existing north-south runway will be used less frequently once it is built.

    The new runway is unlikely to add any more noise than is currently being experienced by residents in this area.


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    Why can't the Airport has a midnight curfew like the rest of the capital cities in Australia ? It will solve all noise problems at night.

    henry asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Henry,

    Since its establishment Melbourne Airport has been planned to operate around the clock to enable tourism, freight and trade. It is Victoria’s primary gateway for air passengers and air-freight exporters. It handles around 35 million passengers a year and accounts for almost a third of Australia’s air freight. Passenger numbers are forecast to reach 68 million passengers annually by 2038.

    Melbourne Airport’s curfew-free status is a competitive advantage that Victoria is keen to protect.


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    Why do you plan run ways near built up areas like keilor and west meadows U have so much land towards keilor thunder organ pipes and heaps vacant land driving up hwy to Sunbury with Quarries over the road very spartsly occupied . I just get why u need run ways near suburbs Planes can taxi a little just like major airports around the world

    Colin Brown asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Colin, thanks for your questions. Since the 1960s, it has been envisaged that the airport would have four runways as part of its ultimate development.

    Melbourne Airport formalised the need for a third runway in the 2013 Master Plan and identified the preferred orientation for the third runway as east–west.

    A number of factors were considered when selecting the preferred orientation such as capacity, safety, community, environment, financial considerations and growth. The key advantage of the east–west parallel runway layout is that the existing Terminals Precinct will be located between the runways, providing efficient and safe aircraft movements without the ‘live’ runway crossings that would be necessary with a north–south parallel layout.


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    The 1990 plan shows a railway proposal through Attwood. Why is that route not considered in the latest plans? With regard to the bicycle network, what routes and actual infrastructure other than Marker Drive are considered for "opportunities to connect the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail to the terminal from the east."

    Cyco asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Cyco, thanks for getting in touch. Melbourne Airport believes that the Albion East (Sunshine) route is the best route to provide the best access for passengers from regional Victoria as well as the west and north-west of Melbourne. 

    In 2013, the Victorian Government undertook a study into heavy rail alignment options between Melbourne Airport and the CBD. The study of several route options resulted in a shortlist of the Albion East business case (via Sunshine) and three alternative potential routes for a Melbourne Airport rail link:

    • a direct tunnel link with potential new stations
    • a Craigieburn link, using Craigieburn line and new track through Westmeadows
    • a Flemington link, using the existing Flemington line and rail tunnel.

    An assessment of the shortlisted options found that the Albion East option outperformed all of the alternative options. The Commonwealth and State Governments have committed to developing a business case for the rail line later this year, which will explore the options in more detail. 

    In regards to your question about the bicycle network, as you point out, Marker Road provides the current access to the Airport from the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and will continue to do so in the short and medium term. Connections to the east could be improved as part of the future bicycle path proposed along Sunbury Road, which alongside the potential Melbourne Airport Link could provide safer access for cyclists across Sunbury Road/Tullamarine Freeway


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    Will there be change in ANEF Contours for properties in Keilor East and Avondale Heights since there will be only 2 % of AirCraft Departures will occur from these areas once third runway is built?

    Vijay777 asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Vijay, thanks for your question. The ANEF contours in the Master Plan are based on the aircraft operations shown in the document, therefore they will stay the same. However, if you would like to know more or chat to one of our team, we would encourage you to attend one of our community forums. The details for the forums can be found in the Key Dates sections on the Master Plan page of this website.

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    Does Melbourne Airport considers any drawback for having Railway Station in Keilor East between Sunshine and Melbourne Airport on preferred Albion East ( Sunshine) rail link?

    Karan asked almost 2 years ago

    Melbourne Airport strongly supports an Airport Rail Link to provide reliable travel times to existing public transport users and to facilitate future growth. The Master Plan makes provision for a rail link, including reserving land on-airport for a rail alignment. as well as provision for a station to be located in close proximity to the terminal buildings, providing easy access for all passengers.

    In 2013, the Victorian Government undertook a study into heavy rail alignment options between Melbourne Airport and the CBD. The study of alternative alignments resulted in a shortlist of the Albion East business case (via Sunshine) and three alternative potential routes for a Melbourne Airport rail link:

    ·  a direct tunnel link with potential new stations

    •   a Craigieburn link, using Craigieburn line and new track through Westmeadows

    •   a Flemington link, using the existing Flemington line and rail tunnel.

    An assessment of the shortlisted options found that the Albion East option outperformed all of the alternative options.

    The Commonwealth and State Governments have committed to developing a business case for the rail line later this year, which will explore the options in more detail. While the business case should consider all options, Melbourne Airport believes that the Albion East (Sunshine) route should be the front-running route, as it provides the best access to regional Victoria and the fast-growing western and north-western suburbs.

    Melbourne Airport also supports improving public transport accessibility for residents in the local area. Improving connectivity to nearby activity centres on the metropolitan rail and tram networks and providing reasonable levels of service on the routes will help improve travel options for passengers and employees in the local area. In the next five years, Melbourne Airport is working with PTV and Transport for Victoria to improve local public transport route services to Melbourne Airport

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    Hello, where the subcontractors can bid for this project expansion? Do you have fabric structures on it? Thanks

    GABRIEL RODRIGUEZ asked almost 2 years ago

    Thanks for your question. We are a little way off from the tender process for any proposed work outlined in the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan. The public exhibition period, the time in which people can make a submission on the Master Plan, will open on Monday. People will then have a period of 60 business days to make a submission. Following that the Master Plan will go to the Federal Government for approval. So, as you can see it is a lengthy process. We would encourage you to register on this website to stay up-to-date with what’s happening at the airport.


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    Hi Melbourne Airport! It's my understanding that the airport chooses which stores feature in the terminals. Is there any way for customers to suggest or make recommendations new stores that could possibly be part of the new expansion/redevelopment? I've spoken to a few fellow travellers and we all agree that it would be great for customers to have an input. Also, Thanks so much for putting up this forum! It's very helpful!! :)

    Lachlan asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. We would be more than happy to receive any feedback or suggestions on what people would like to see in the airport. You can provide those suggestions by emailing: community@melair.com.au. We look forward to receiving your suggestions.


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    I agree with all this i just ask one thing... PLEASE add a Spotting platform for all us Melbourne Spotters! let’s us keep our access to Operations Road

    Braiden Stokely (OzzyAviation_YMML) asked almost 2 years ago

    If the proposed third runway is approved the existing viewing platform on Operations Road will be closed. Melbourne Airport is aware that local communities value and enjoy having a viewing platform to observe our airfield.

    We want the airport to better connect with neighbouring areas and viewpoints can help create a positive experience for local communities, passengers and visitors. We will look at options to provide an alternative viewing platform of Melbourne Airport for members of the public. 


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    Why don't Melbourne Airport support idea for having Railway Station close to Keilor East? Keilor East can be easily linked to preferred Albion East as the Train tack to be utilised for Airport Link passes through Keilor East area. It will benefit local community of Airport West, Keilor East , Niddrie and Avondale Heights

    Albert222 asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. Melbourne Airport believes that the Albion East (Sunshine) route should be the front-running route, as it provides the best access to regional Victoria and the fast-growing western and north-western suburbs. In 2013, the Victorian Government study into heavy rail alignment options between Melbourne Airport and the CBD did not consider any additional stations between Sunshine and Melbourne Airport for the Albion East alignment. The merit of any additional stations would need to be considered as part of the business case being developed for the project by the Victorian Government.


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    When and where are the meetings for the Melbourne Airport Community Forums scheluded Which date will the public comment period for the draft master plan 2018 commence

    Frank Rivoli asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question. The public exhibition period for the 2018 Master Plan will begin on Monday 16 July. People will have 60 business days in which to comment on the preliminary draft plan. We are currently finalising the locations of the community forums. There will be four in total. The first forum will be held in Sunbury at the Sunbury Memorial Hall on 28 July 2018, 11am-2pm. As soon as the details have been finalised for the other three, they will be published on this website. The forums will also be advertised in the local papers as well as on social media.

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    Will any terminal redevelopment actually include travelators this time? Absolute joke that the long T4 terminal has no travelator!! Would be the only new terminal in any decent city in the world I've seen with no travelator for patrons - particularly the old, disabled or those with young kids!

    Kynan Bolger asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question. We are working hard to ensure that the airport is not only accessible to all but it also better connected. Please be assured that all future terminal projects will consider provision of travelators to provide an appropriate level of service for passengers.


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    What happened to the proposed new T2 building as discussed in the AGM a few years back? I’m not referring to minor works and the luxury precinct- this was indeed a major renovation and expansion of the building out towards the hotel/carpark.

    Ash asked about 2 years ago

    That visionary concept indicated a possible long-term future expansion. Whilst we are working on future plans that may extend the building into the forecourt, this is currently not possible until redistribution of the road network occurs.

    We are therefore working on more pragmatic redevelopments and expansions of current spaces within existing constraints to try to reduce congestion and improve passenger experience – as evidenced by media coverage this week that showed images of redevelopments to be delivered over the next few years.


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    Hello, thanks for establishing the Q&A! I have 2 main questions. First, are there any plans to redevelop T2 baggage re-claim? It seems with SmartGates at immigration, baggage reclaim is now the biggest bottleneck on an I-D transfer. If MEL wishes to remain an attractive hub, wont this be important for ensuring low minimum connection times? Second, has MEL thought much about technological solutions to bottlenecks? For example, are there plans for an end-to-end biometric process, such as face-on-the-fly facial recognition, or some form of tokenless boarding, off-airport bag check-in, CT scanners at avsec so you don't need to remove laptops or LAGS, etc. etc.). Keen to read your response! Cheers, Oscar

    Oscar asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for your questions and for providing some suggestions for improvements. We delivered a new (8th) baggage reclaim carousel prior to Christmas 2017. An additional (9th) carousel is planned for delivery in the next few years to meet forecast growth.

    The Immigration line prior to baggage reclaim will be overhauled in the next couple of years with new generation and faster processing SmartGates as part of a nation-wide program being undertaken by Border Force, although they are yet to advise specific timing.

    The Secondary Examination Area after baggage reclaim is managed by Border Force and Department of Agriculture and Water Services. This area is physically constrained on all sides and therefore experiences congestion during peak times. We are exploring ways to redevelop or expand the area to better manage passenger levels.

    CT scanners have now been mandated by the Government for installation in passenger and baggage screening processes. We are currently redeveloping our International passenger screening point to facilitate this technology and are also working on plans for installing them throughout the rest of the airport to meet Government requirements.

    Melbourne Airport constantly explores other technology enhancements such as those you refer to, in order to improve passenger processing and experience. We are investigating the benefits and implications of various technologies including check-in and biometric alternatives, as well as working with key stakeholders (government agencies and multiple airlines) to determine which technologies may provide appropriate benefits for the majority of passengers at a reasonable cost.


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    Do we have any plans to work on train service to airport. Current airport shuttle might work barely now, but with the steady increase in road traffic, I don't think it's a scalable option. For a city as big as Melbourne, it's high time there is a train service to one of the biggest airport of Australia.

    Srikanth asked almost 2 years ago

    Melbourne Airport strongly supports an Airport Rail Link to provide reliable travel times to existing public transport users, encourage a mode shift and facilitate future growth. The 2018 Master Plan makes provision for a rail link, including reserving land on-airport for a rail alignment.

    The extension of Airport Drive includes a wide median reservation to allow for construction of a rail connection into the terminal. This reservation is consistent with the ‘Albion East’ corridor set aside by the Victorian Government in 2001. This Master Plan also makes provision for a station to be located in close proximity to the terminal buildings, providing easy access for all passengers.

    In 2013, the Victorian Government undertook a study into heavy rail alignment options between Melbourne Airport and the CBD. The study of alternative alignments resulted in a shortlist of the Albion East business case (via Sunshine) and three alternative potential routes for a Melbourne Airport rail link:

    ·  a direct tunnel link with potential new stations

    •   a Craigieburn link, using Craigieburn line and new track through Westmeadows

    •   a Flemington link, using the existing Flemington line and rail tunnel.

    An assessment of the shortlisted options found that the Albion East route outperformed all of the alternative options.

    The Commonwealth and State Governments have committed to developing a business case for the rail line later this year, which will explore the options in more detail.

    While the business case should consider all options, Melbourne Airport believes that the Albion East (Sunshine) route should be the front-running route, as it provides the best access to regional Victoria and the fast-growing western and north-western suburbs.

    Melbourne Airport also supports improving public transport accessibility for residents in the local area. Improving connectivity to nearby activity centres on the metropolitan rail and tram networks and providing reasonable levels of service on the routes will help improve travel options for passengers and employees in the local area. In the next five years, Melbourne Airport is working with PTV and Transport for Victoria to improve local public transport route services to Melbourne Airport. 

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    Melbourne Airport is the only I have visited in the world when arriving visitors can miss the people meeting them because they emerge from one of three exits at the opposite end of the concourse. Will the new plan fix this major deficiency by having one exit from customs so that people meeting flights can see everyone who arrives?

    IG asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your feedback. We want Melbourne Airport to be as user-friendly as possible and we recognise that there are several areas at our terminals where things can be improved.

    The 2018 Master Plan will go a long way to providing improved services and facilities. The Master Plan will be on public exhibition from Monday 16 July. It can be downloaded from this website and we encourage you to make a submission with any suggestions for further improvement.


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    Hello, Echoing a previous question & adding to it, the widening of the freeway is great but at 5.30am it can take 30 mins to travel from the freeway exit to the airline drop offs for T1-3...which is absolutely insane!! Sydney built a through road and a drop off turn off in 1999 for the olympics & we still have to suffer from 2 lanes from Virgin, Int to Qantas and add pedestrians crossing to that as well. Not everyone can practically get the train for early morning flights. What is being done to address this....it’s a nightmare!

    Ange LB asked almost 2 years ago

    Great question! Over the next five years, Melbourne Airport proposes a major revamp of its forecourt area to ease congestion on Departure Drive. We plan to:

    ·  provide a new, direct connection from the Tullamarine Freeway into the T4 ground transport hub

    ·  construct a one-way elevated road, connecting the existing T4 ramp into a reconfigured T123 ground transport hub, allowing intersection free access to all terminal precincts

    ·  reconfigure the existing forecourt and multi‑level car park at T123 into a new ground transport hub

    ·  increase capacity for passenger pick‑up and drop-off from an elevated connection from the reconfigured T123 ground transport hub directly into Departure Drive (for drop-off traffic)

    ·  provide an elevated connection from the reconfigured T123 ground transport hub directly into Melbourne Drive (for pick-up traffic).

    Construction of this project will occur progressively to minimise disruption to day-to-day operations.

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    Hi there, there are various airport rail link options and I understand the airport ( a business for itself ) prefers the West option with Sunshine Station being a super station as stated in todays Herald Sun. From a residents point of view that lives on the Maribyrnong north west option this provides no value and no extra value to the residents living on the western line as they already have transport. Why wouldn't the airport support a links that supports communities with better transportation, areas like Keilor East, Avondale Heights that have been subject to noise and pollution from the airport of many years may get some reprieve by getting a opportunity to better public transport in future. It will certainy help local roads too, and property prices which might offset the affect of property prices when each runways are built. Also is the airport putting money into such a project, if it isn't then why is the airport making comment of a preferred link? Likewise suburbs like Tullamarine, Keilor Park, etc would also benefit from a railway line that one day could mean easier transportation to the north west of Melbourne that really have no options other than buses to get around. I would love to understand why the Airport has these views of a West link? What is the benefit to the community?

    Jason Mudford asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question. In 2013, the Victorian Government undertook a study into heavy rail alignment options between Melbourne Airport and the CBD. The study of alternative alignments resulted in a shortlist of the Albion East base case (via Sunshine) and three alternative potential routes for a Melbourne Airport rail link:

    ·  a direct tunnel link with potential new stations

    •   a Craigieburn link, using Craigieburn line and new track through Westmeadows

    •   a Flemington link, using the existing Flemington line and rail tunnel.

    An assessment of the shortlisted options found that the Albion East base case outperformed all of the alternative options.

    The Commonwealth and State Governments have committed to developing a business case for the rail line later this year, which will explore the options in more detail. While the business case should consider all options, Melbourne Airport believes that the Albion East (Sunshine) route should be the front-running route, as it provides the best access to regional Victoria and the fast-growing western and north-western suburbs.

    Melbourne Airport also supports improving public transport accessibility for residents in the local area. Improving connectivity to nearby activity centres on the metropolitan rail and tram networks and providing reasonable levels of service on the routes will help improve travel options for passengers and employees in the local area. In the next five years, Melbourne Airport will work with PTV and Transport for Victoria to improve local public transport route services to Melbourne Airport.


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    Is part of the plan to get a Rail link built to the city? I am from Queensland (born and bred) and find it bewildering why there is no rail link into the city. While the Skybus is effecient, there are stress levels in getting to the airport with no alternative to road access . An accident on the freeway for example puts the whole thing of getting to the airport in chaos. Surely Skybus can run a Skytrain also.

    CairnsTraveller asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question. Melbourne Airport strongly supports an Airport Rail Link to provide reliable travel times to existing public transport users, encourage a mode shift and facilitate future growth.

    The Master Plan makes provision for a rail link, including reserving land on-airport for a rail alignment. The extension of Airport Drive includes a wide median reservation to allow for construction of a rail connection into the terminal.

    This reservation is consistent with the ‘Albion East’ corridor set aside by the Victorian Government in 2001. This Master Plan also makes provision for a station to be located in close proximity to the terminal buildings, providing easy access for all passengers.


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    Greetings, May I ask that the airport corporation insist that the airlines put a better cleaning schedule of their terminal toilets. The very poor toilets seem to reflect the airport, not the airlines. Sadly, it reflects on our city. Regards, Ben Parks

    Ben Parks asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for your feedback. Melbourne Airport provides itself as the gateway to Victoria and making a good first impression is important to us. We will pass on your feedback and hopefully during your next visit you will see an improvement.


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    Please keep me up to date

    Jason Mudford asked almost 2 years ago

    The 2018 Draft Master Plan will be on public exhibition from this Monday 16 July. The Draft Master Plan will be available then for public viewing and can be downloaded from this website. We encourage you to register on the website to receive updates and to make a submission on this project. 


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    Hi , I need draft Master Plan 2018 submitted for Government and Key Stakeholders. Also when will be Master Plan ready for formal exhibition

    Karan asked about 2 years ago

    The 2018 Draft Master Plan will be on public exhibition in mid July. The Draft Master Plan will be available then for public viewing. We encourage you to register on the website to receive updates on this project. 

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    Hi, we have a copy of the 2013 Master Plan, and are wondering if we can obtain a copy of the 2018 Master Plan? Requested by: Marcus Tehan, CEO, C3X, mtehan@c3x.com.au +61 412 310 3326 (note: C3X is a supplier of APAM). Kind Regards, Marcus Tehan CEO, C3X

    Marcus Tehan asked about 2 years ago

    The 2018 Draft Master Plan will be on public exhibition in mid July. The Draft Master Plan will be available then for public viewing. We encourage you to register on the website to receive updates on this project. 

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    The huge increase in passenger numbers in recent years has meant more pedestrian volume across the internal roads at T1,2,3. The delays in getting a taxi or Skybus are unacceptable particularly when there are so many taxis waiting to serve your customers. When will construction commence on pedestrian crossovers to eliminate the traffic bottlenecks around arrival drive?

    Guy asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question. 

    Although we have seen strong growth in passengers which has resulted in additional pedestrian volumes, the service levels for both taxis and Skybus have remained consistent over the past few years. 

    Nonetheless, we recognise the need to separate pedestrians and vehicles, from both a road efficiency and safety perspective, and therefore are planning for the future forecourt. We are currently undertaking design of the elevated road network and forecourt, with the view of commencing construction once detailed design and planning approvals obtained.


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    Will east - west plan affect to Gladstone Park area? Noise? Air pollution and so much more? Need answer please!

    Connie asked about 2 years ago

    The proposed new east-west runway will affect Gladstone Park residents. New arrival noise from the proposed new east-west will be experienced by people living in Gladstone Park. More detailed and specific information, along with impacts such as air pollution, will be available in the Runway Development Program Major Development Plan, which will be on public exhibition for comment in the coming months.


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    I live in Albanvale and most flights pass overhead " with great discomfort especially at weekends" this new flightpath will certainly add to the discomfort we experience, I do not as a rule get involved with new projects that will make Melbourne a great place to live in, but this new development will make me for sure consider moving.

    Angus asked about 2 years ago

    Albanvale currently experiences overflights from both the north-south and the east-west runways. If the proposed new east-west runway is approved, once it is built, Albanvale will experience overflights from the new east-west runway but less flights from the north-south runway, which will be used less frequently. So, in short, Albanvale will still experience aircraft noise, how much noise will not be determined until closer to opening.


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    Will there be a new international terminal or a major expansion to T2 over the years?

    Lachiej asked about 2 years ago

    Melbourne Airport has commenced upgrades to the T2 International Terminal. If you have visited recently you may have seen the new look at Check In gates M, N and O and the new Departure walkway. In addition to that, the Luxury Precinct within T2 has also added new retail and food and beverage offerings. This new look and feel will continue to be applied to the rest of T2 and will significantly improve the look and feel of the Airport. Thanks for your feedback. 


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    How about a direct flight to Miami?

    Zgarv asked about 2 years ago

    Melbourne Airport is always keen to work with our airline partners to develop new direct routes and services to destinations. We will certainly keep this in mind. Thanks for your feedback. 


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    What is the long term plan for the new wetland adjacent to Airport Drive and Steele Creek North please. Will there be public access to it eventually

    Anna Lanigan asked about 2 years ago

    The Steele Creek North wetland is part of Melbourne Airport’s water quality, water re-use and flood management plan. Because of the potential safety risks associated with this type of infrastructure, we have no current plans to allow public access.


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    Why was the noise monitoring tool relocated out of Keilor ? I have made several complaints regarding noise and frequency of flights particularly at night time. How will the suburbs who are closest to the Airport like Keilor be impacted by this plan and in particular the new East -West runway that is planned to be operational by 2022?

    Virginia asked over 2 years ago

    The ‘Keilor’ noise monitor was placed in Keilor before 2009. Subsequently an international standard for noise monitoring was established; and Airservices under international practice follows this standard. The new standard (ISO20906) relates to the angle between the noise monitor and approaching aircraft and has meant that while previous data remains valid, there was potential for some irregularity with measurements at this [‘Keilor’] location which were addressed and identified in subsequent analysis.

    The monitor was subsequently moved to East Keilor to ensure data integrity and to align with ISO20906. The position of the monitor was discussed and determined with input from the Melbourne Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group. The Assessment of Suitability for Conversion to a Permanent EMU Installation report is available on our website at: http://www.airservicesaustralia.com/publications/noise-reports/short-term-monitoring/.

    Airservices receives aircraft noise complaints from Keilor, however due to the proximity of Keilor to the end of the runway Airservices has found no practical or feasible way to alleviate noise issues. This is the case regardless of whether or not a noise monitor is in the immediate area.

    It is a common misconception that noise monitoring is conducted to determine whether a maximum noise level is being complied with. This is not the case, because there is no legislated maximum level of aircraft noise over residential areas. This is not to say that there are no noise standards at all, however these are applied before an aircraft is certified to fly in Australia. Once certified, there is no legislation or regulation that gives any agency the ability to “police” noise levels.

    Further information on Noise Monitoring, and why Airservices conducts noise monitoring is available on the Airservices Factsheet at: http://www.airservicesaustralia.com/aircraftnoise/factsheets/.

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    When will the additional runway be built and subsequently close off access to Operations Road near the golf course? A lot of us use that road for bike riding.

    Graeme asked over 2 years ago

    There are no plans to make any changes to the local golf course or road used for cycling. The Draft Major Development Plan for the new runway is still being prepared and will be available for public viewing, feedback and submissions from early July until late September 2018. During the public exhibition of the Draft Major Development Plan Melbourne Airport will host a number of community consultation events to ensure that community members understand what is being proposed, and have the opportunity to make informed submissions. The Major Development Plan is subject to this 3 month public consultation and approvals process before any development can occur.  

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    Surely after the repetition of recent Master Plans with the latest only in 2013, there must be well established plans by now for upgrading T2 to a standard that travelers expect from a first world city international airport. The government/s can always find funding for conference and convention centre upgrades. Its well past due to lift the airport to an equivalent standard. Time to stop planning and just get on with it. How much longer do Melbournians have to wait until they get an airport they can be truly proud of?

    Dale asked over 2 years ago

    We want Melbourne Airport to be a world-class facility and we have plans to update Terminal 2 through a progressive program of redevelopment over the next 3 years. Find out more by clicking on 'Terminal Improvement Projects' in the 'Project updates' section of this website.

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    I want new draft plan for 2021. I want to check if there will be any change to ANEF counters for properties in Keilor East 3033

    Karan asked over 2 years ago

    The Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) for Melbourne Airport is currently in development and will be released for public comment in the coming months as part of consultations on the 2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan. The ANEF will include information about Keilor East and other suburbs located near the airport. Between 1 June and 24 August Melbourne Airport will be inviting communities to provide feedback on the future development plans for Melbourne Airport via a submission process. 

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    I was wondering, when will an extension to T2 be built or will a satellite terminal be built to handle capacity as I have witnessed a United 787 wait for at least 40 minutes on a taxiway be it could go to a gate. I have also seen other aircraft being parked at remote stands and the passengers have been unloaded by

    Maxbuller asked over 2 years ago

    Melbourne Airport is aware that it has to redevelop the airport's terminals to support rapidly increasing numbers of passengers, and to prevent flight delays. Over the next 3 years we will be undertaking improvement projects at Terminal 2. New smart gates will be introduced to support growing numbers of passengers, and new escalators will be installed to connect pedestrians from the Arrivals Hall to outside areas. The Arrivals Hall will also be enhanced to improve its overall presentation. The plan is to transform the T2 Arrivals Hall into an attractive, spacious and relaxing place that provides an inspiring first impression of Melbourne. I welcome your further feedback on our progress as we implement major terminal upgrades over future years.

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    What is happening with the surf park?

    Allan asked over 2 years ago

    The proposed surf park is still in the planning phase. Time frames for construction and other information has yet to be announced.

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    What if any provisions being made for disabled people to be able to be picked up from the terminal buildings - not a waiting area but rather a pick up point .

    Tezz asked over 2 years ago

    We want the drop off and pick up areas at Melbourne Airport to be be universally accessible and we recognise that there are several areas at our terminals where disability access can be improved. We will be planning to improve disability access at Melbourne Airport this year as part of our Master Planning process.

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    Hi there Surely there will be discussion about when the rail link will be starting.... A First world country with no city to airport rail link it is embarrassing.... Cheers Darren Voight

    Darren voight asked over 2 years ago

    We are doing our best to take an active role in advocating for a rail link that connects Melbourne Airport with Melbourne’s CBD. 

    Melbourne Airport was pleased by the commitments from both the Federal and State Governments to fund a feasibility study into a proposed rail link, and we will continue to actively engage with governments on this issue.

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    One question, what will happen the Operations Rd spotting area once runway 27L/09R is built? Will the public still have access to this spotting area or will a new one be built? Thanks

    Maxbuller asked over 2 years ago

    If the Runway Development Program is approved the existing viewing platform on Operations Road will be closed. Melbourne Airport is aware that local communities value and enjoy having a viewing platform to observe our airfield. We will look at options to provide an alternative viewing platform of Melbourne Airport for members of the public.

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    One small question. Has there been any consideration of new viewing areas. In the Master Plan? Might I suggest the north west woodland hill .

    Terry Broderick asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your suggestion about north west woodland hill as a viewing area. 

    This area is outside the airport's Master Planning area but we note your suggestion and will take it into consideration in our future planning.

    We want the airport to better connect with neighbouring areas and viewpoints can help create a positive experience for local communities, passengers and visitors.