Work begins on Virgin Australia’s Melbourne hub

T3 redevelopment underway

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Virgin Australia has commenced construction of a massive overhaul of its domestic terminal at Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 3 (T3).

Effective immediately, Virgin Australia’s check-in kiosks will gradually be replaced and installed with new software, allowing passengers to quickly check-in, print boarding passes and baggage tags. New service pods and service desks will also be installed.

By the end of the year, the majority of the automatic bag drop facilities will be implemented, significantly reducing congestion and allowing passengers to quickly move through the check-in and bag drop process.

“Melbourne is one of our busiest hubs with over 100 return flights operating each day, and it’s imperative we have the infrastructure to support that,” Virgin Australia Airlines Group Executive, Rob Sharp said.

“We also want to move our Ground Crew into more of a concierge-style role, where they are brought out from behind counters and are able to better assist the needs of our passengers.”
Virgin Australia Airlines Group Executive, Rob Sharp

“We’re taking a phased approach to construction, so proactive communications will be sent to all passengers travelling during those periods advising that it’s best to check-in online via the website or the Virgin Australia App, and to arrive at least 60 minutes prior to their flight departure,” Sharp added.

To assist passengers, additional ground crew will be stationed in the check-in hall of Terminal 3 to assist passengers with the process if they require.

Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation, Simon Gandy said the redevelopment “is an instrumental project that will streamline and dramatically enhance the check-in experience for Virgin Australia’s guests flying from T3.

“It marks the commencement of the broader development plans we have with Virgin Australia for Terminal 3 and importantly, it integrates with the wider development works underway throughout the airport,” Gandy said.

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

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