Published on : Friday, December 22, 2017
The 8th international baggage reclaim increases passenger throughput by 15 per cent. The airport’s largest carousel can hold approximately 800 bags at any one time – equivalent to the passenger load of two widebody aircraft.
Alongside the carousel is a new 85m wide LED digital screen full of imagery that promotes Victorian tourism year-round.
The new carousel is now operational, ahead of what’s forecast to be the busiest weekend in the airport’s history.
Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy described the 8th baggage reclaim as a vital piece of infrastructure to accommodate the airport’s growth, with more than 10 million international passengers using the airport in the past 12 months.
“The new carousel is a necessary piece of infrastructure, which will enable the airport to process more international travellers, especially during the morning and evening peaks,” said Mr Gandy.
“The reality is we are growing at a rapid rate, handling almost 100,000 travellers on the average day and we need to upgrade our assets across all areas of the airport in order to meet the demands of our passengers.
“We are investing heavily in our international terminal. Earlier this month we unveiled our new self-service check-in kiosks and T2 Luxury Precinct. The biggest part of our investment is ahead of us being our proposed third runway, which will increase capacity from our current limit of around 55 movements per hour to more than 90 movements per hour.
“Now that the carousel is in operation ahead of the Christmas peak we hope all of our travellers enjoy a seamless entry into the world’s most liveable city.
Early construction works commenced in January 2016 and involved lifting up the structural core of Terminal 2 to create adequate space for the build.
Mr Gandy said contractors spent more than 127,000 hours making room for the carousel.
“A lot of time went into re-orienting the structural core of T2, which involved moving the Australian Border Force office and plant room to expand the baggage hall by 1,000m2,” said Mr Gandy.
“Over the next decade Melbourne Airport will invest in more than half a billion dollars, per year, to maintain and grow the airport asset.”
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