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Virgin Australia has started construction at Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 3

Virgin Australia has started work on the comprehensive redevelopment of its domestic terminal at Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 3 (‘T3’). The work will take over three years to compete and marks the start of the airline’s comprehensive redevelopment of its domestic terminal.

The majority of the construction at Virgin Australia’s check-in facilities is scheduled to be completed prior to Christmas 2018.

By mid-2019, the redeveloped domestic terminal will offer an automated check-in process in the T3 check-in hall for Virgin Australia guests, including:

  • Automated bag-drop facilities;
  • Enhanced self-service kiosks, which will enable guests to check-in, print boarding passes, add bags and print baggage tags;
  • Service pods where Virgin Australia ground crew can assist guests with check-in; and
  • A service desk to assist with traditional check-in and general enquires.

The introduction of these automated check-in features will significantly reduce the time taken to check-in and check luggage. As seen in concept designs released today, Virgin Australia guests travelling through Melbourne will enjoy a significantly enhanced and streamlined experience from arrival at the airport to taking off from the tarmac.

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Once construction has been completed, T3 will also feature:

  • A dedicated Premium Entry for Virgin Australia’s Business Class guests and Platinum and Gold Velocity Frequent Flyers, including dedicated check-in, bag drop and security screening features and direct access to the Virgin Australia Lounge;
  • Construction of a new internal ramp between Terminals 3 and 4 that will enable the repositioning of the general T3 security screening facilities. This will reduce passenger congestion in T3, create a more spacious area for T3 security screening and offer better access to the new retail offering in Terminal 4;
  • Virgin Australia Lounge guests will enjoy a seamless transition to their gates, with all of T3’s repositioned security screening facilities to be located before the Lounge entry; and
  • The addition of two baggage carousels in the T3 arrivals hall.

The unveiling of these concept designs follows the domestic terminal agreement that was signed in June
between Virgin Australia and Melbourne Airport, which included key commercial terms to support the
redevelopment of T3.

Virgin Australia and Melbourne Airport are working together to finalise the design process, with the works anticipated to begin in 2018.

The Group Executive for Virgin Australia Airlines, Rob Sharp, said: “The airport experience is an important part of our guest’s overall travel experience. Virgin Australia runs a major operation at Melbourne Airport, operating up to 100 return flights each day. The redeveloped terminal will see Virgin Australia provide guests with a world class experience on the ground, to match the unrivalled service we provide on-board” said Mr Sharp.

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