The works are expected to be competed mid-next year, with the toilet facilities and security screening amongst the amenities under reconstruction
Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 3 modernisation is now underway as the hub prepares for increased travel demand.
The redevelopment is expected to occur over the next 12 months.
Melbourne’s primary security area is set to relocate to Terminal 4 which enables passengers to keep luggage, such as laptops, in their bags when being processed.
Lorie Argus, Melbourne Airport’s chief of aviation, said: “One of the most significant aspects of the T3 upgrade is the relocation of security screening moving from Terminal 3 to Terminal 4. In future, it will mean travellers use Terminal 4 for processing, which allows them to move through screening much faster compared to traditional screening lanes.”
The new development is expected to improve connectivity between the terminals with the addition of an indoor walkway linking both facilities.
Parent rooms, located on gates one and two, are expected to feature interactive full-length walls to entertain children.
Argus continues: “We understand flying can be stressful for parents, so we’ve introduced interactive play walls inside our new parent rooms, encouraging kids to touch and watch different scenes keeping them amused while their carers are busy with other children. We’ve already received great feedback, with some guests stating they don’t want to leave the new facilities.
“Overall, the modernisation and reconfiguration of the terminal will enable greater flow with Terminal 4 and when security screening moves next year, we encourage T3 guests to park in the T4 car park, as it’s a shorter walk to gate, especially without luggage.”
The reconstruction if valued at $30m (£21m) and is expected to be completed mid-next year.