T2 Retail Expansion

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Melbourne Airport is proposing to invest in a second large scale retail and hospitality re-development in Terminal 2, building on the success of T2 Luxury.

The re-imagined 4-storey T2 retail precinct, located next to the existing airside restaurants, would elevate the pre-flight experience for international travellers featuring 30 new speciality retail and hospitality outlets, including Melbourne inspired gifting plus curations from galleries, in addition to well-known international lifestyle brands.

The space would also include five premium airline lounges, a mezzanine area with a restaurant and bar and larger gate lounges creating a world-class terminal experience.

In Melbourne Airport’s continued effort to bring the city to life at the airport, a rooftop piazza will be built that will include an eatery and bar that contains a viewing deck with expansive views of the airfield – creating a true sense of Melbourne’s CBD and foodie culture.

As part of the proposed upgrade, airport functionality would also be improved with increased seating in the main International Departures level plus more back of house storage space for airline use. Currently, approximately 45 per cent of international travellers fly out using Gates D12 to D20, contributing to the need for the expansion.

Project details

The total 4-storey development would see the airport’s T2 footprint increase by approximately 15,000m2 including around 3500m2 of dedicated retail space and 4500m2 for airline lounges.

The rooftop restaurant and bar would be approximately 600m2 in addition to a large viewing deck.

Five airline lounges to be built at minimum with opportunity to construct more in future.

Additional Duty Free areas in the international gate lounge will be incorporated.

If approved works are set to commence in October 2019 with an opening date forecast for mid to late 2022.

On an average day around 30,000 people fly in and out of Terminal 2, making it one of the busiest hubs in the airport.

Melbourne Airport is proposing to invest in a second large scale retail and hospitality re-development in Terminal 2, building on the success of T2 Luxury.

The re-imagined 4-storey T2 retail precinct, located next to the existing airside restaurants, would elevate the pre-flight experience for international travellers featuring 30 new speciality retail and hospitality outlets, including Melbourne inspired gifting plus curations from galleries, in addition to well-known international lifestyle brands.

The space would also include five premium airline lounges, a mezzanine area with a restaurant and bar and larger gate lounges creating a world-class terminal experience.

In Melbourne Airport’s continued effort to bring the city to life at the airport, a rooftop piazza will be built that will include an eatery and bar that contains a viewing deck with expansive views of the airfield – creating a true sense of Melbourne’s CBD and foodie culture.

As part of the proposed upgrade, airport functionality would also be improved with increased seating in the main International Departures level plus more back of house storage space for airline use. Currently, approximately 45 per cent of international travellers fly out using Gates D12 to D20, contributing to the need for the expansion.

Project details

The total 4-storey development would see the airport’s T2 footprint increase by approximately 15,000m2 including around 3500m2 of dedicated retail space and 4500m2 for airline lounges.

The rooftop restaurant and bar would be approximately 600m2 in addition to a large viewing deck.

Five airline lounges to be built at minimum with opportunity to construct more in future.

Additional Duty Free areas in the international gate lounge will be incorporated.

If approved works are set to commence in October 2019 with an opening date forecast for mid to late 2022.

On an average day around 30,000 people fly in and out of Terminal 2, making it one of the busiest hubs in the airport.

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    is there a post office at Melb Airport?

    Nico Asked 9 months ago

    Hi Nico,


    We don't have a post office at Melbourne Airport, however, we do have post boxes.

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    Hi, I was wondering if this proposal was submitted to the federal government and has any progress been made since last year?

    Josh Asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Josh,

    Our team is currently working on the Major Development Plan (MDP) required for this project. Once it is ready it will be placed on public exhibition and people invited to have their say on the proposal.

    Once the public exhibition period closes, we will then work through the submissions received and prepare a final report before submitting to the Federal Minister for approval.

    We expect the MDP to be on public exhibition at some stage this year.

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    I want to know if there is a proposal to upgrade the passenger security screening areas to bring them in line with overseas standards. I would like details, please.

    Gwen Asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Gwen,

    As outlined in the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan, by 2038 Melbourne Airport is expected to accommodate more than 20 million international passengers and more than 81,000 international aircraft movements per year.

    To accommodate this demand, Melbourne Airport has planned a number of developments within the T2 terminal over the next five years.

    These include:

    ·  new international capacity through developing four Code E domestic-international swing gates, utilising latent capacity at nearby domestic piers by repurposing infrastructure to serve peak international operations

    ·  next-generation automated self-service kiosk and bag-drop check-in facilities that are more self-sufficient

    ·  additional self-service outbound immigration facilities

    ·  expansion of the existing outbound security processing area with next-generation security screening technology

    Beyond the expansion projects outlined over the next five years, T2 will require further significant expansion. It is estimated that the international terminal footprint will double to accommodate international passenger demand by 2038.

    One of the developments will include the expansion of Australian Border Force secondary examination facilities.

    In the domestic terminal, Melbourne Airport plans to support growth and increase security with:

    ·  a new T3–T4 landside connection before security to facilitate improved flow of passengers between terminals, and

    ·  reconfiguration of vertical transport and straight-line security processing within T3

    To read more about the 2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan click here: https://my.melbourneairport.com/masterplan

    Otherwise, if none of the information above or within the Master Plan answers your question, I would suggest contacting the Federal Department of Home Affairs. This is the link to their web page https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about-us/our-portfolios/transport-security specifically focusing on transport security.


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    I can understand a little why airport exterior matters might be more relevant to local communities, but NOT when it comes to inside the airport buildings. The whole of Melbourne uses Tullamarine airport so why are the only venues available to advertise and discuss this project only in the same local area. What about the southern suburbs, the eastern suburbs, and parts of the northern suburbs? It is unfair that these suburbs are not visited by the same Melbourne Airport representatives. Would you please advise when you will be visiting the other two-thirds of our city.

    Gwen Asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Gwen,

    There is no presentation as such in Broadmeadows tomorrow (Nov 13).

    I'm guessing you are referring to our hot desk at the Hume Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows. The hot desk is part of a trial Melbourne Airport is undertaking to give the community a chance to drop in (anytime between 9am and 4pm) and talk to staff about anything to do with the airport. We will not have technical staff in attendance and it is not focused on any particular project.

    In regards to engagement events in the south and east of Melbourne - we do not have any planned for the remainder of this year. We are trialling a number of different engagement activities and have been rolling these out to the areas closest and therefore most impacted by the airport.

    However, we will be looking at ways we can engage the broader Melbourne and Victorian communities about the airport in the new year.