A multimillion-dollar upgrade to Melbourne Airport’s International Terminal (T2), revealed to the public in December 2017, has introduced high ceilings and design elements that hint at the characteristics of urban Melbourne. Overseen by NH Architecture, the refurbishment features elegant shopping arcades and upscale restaurants that cater to almost 100,000 people daily.
Since 2012, international passenger traffic in Melbourne has grown by about 46% and, more recently, the flight network for non-stop services has expanded to around 40 international destinations. It’s forecasted that by 2038, Melbourne Airport will accommodate approximately 70 million travelers a year.
The increasing demand for high-end retail shopping options from passengers has brought about the entry of 11 designer brands and tenants. These include Tiffany & Co, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo and Emporio Armani.
The airport is located 22km northwest of the CBD. Here are ways to negotiate your commutes to and fro:
- Private car. Passengers may be dropped off or picked up on level two of Terminals 1, 2 and 3; the forecourt; and level two of the T4 Ground Transport Hub. There’s a Wait Zone for drivers that’s free for the first 20 minutes.
- SkyBus. The Melbourne City Express that travels between Melbourne Airport and the city center operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Each leg takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Passengers board or alight at three designated airport pick-up points — one each at T1, T3 and T4 — as well as at Southern Cross Station in the city.
- Ridesharing. Uber drivers may pick up international airline passengers in lane one of the forecourt. Passengers arriving at the airport may alight anywhere along Departure Drive and at the T4 Ground Transport Hub.
This article first appeared in the May 2018 issue of Smile magazine.