JETSTAR last week welcomed Melbourne Airport's announcement that the airline will be the anchor tenant in a new domestic terminal opening in the second half of 2015, saying it will provide the necessary airport infrastructure to sustain capacity growth in and out of Melbourne into the future.
The new Terminal 4 (T4) development is part of Melbourne Airport's Southern Precinct Program (SPP), incorporating landside and airside infrastructure that has the potential to service 17 new aircraft parking positions and more than 10 million passengers per annum once completed.
The new terminal will be located at the southern end of the airport and, once completed, will be fully integrated under the one roof with the existing terminals, allowing Jetstar customers to freely walk between the domestic and international terminals.
The terminal will be built on 20,000 square meters of land, between the existing Terminal 3 and Terminal 4 buildings. A proposed future expansion will increase this to a total of 35,000 square meters and cater for 20 million passengers.
"We are delighted that Jetstar will be moving into our new domestic terminal as our anchor tenant. The new terminal will provide Jetstar with space for their growing operations as well as enhanced facilities including state-of-the-art technology," said Melbourne Airport CEO, Chris Woodruff.
"Our new domestic terminal is part of a larger program of investment that will transform Melbourne Airport. Over the next 20 years, we're investing billions of dollars to accommodate the more than 60 million passengers we expect to pass through Melbourne Airport by 2030."
Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said the development of T4 would allow the low-fare airline to continue offering more flights in and out of Melbourne.
Ms Hrdlicka said the design of T4 incorporates a designated space for the Jetstar's self-service kiosks and bag drop on the ground floor, while the upper floor will include the departure lounge and a wide range of food and retail outlets.