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Fun facts about Melbourne Airport in Australia

Rodrigo Barría R.

@Melbourne Airport, ccomons_eGuide Travel

With an ambitious plan to be executed over 20 years, Melbourne Airport is taking flight to become the most important hub in Australia

 

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In 20 years

Melbourne is about to become the largest city in Australia. Since 1997, the metropolis’ population has grown by 40%, while the number of passengers in its airport has doubled. Transformed into a relevant economic center, creating 16,000 direct and 40,000 indirect jobs, Melbourne Airport will undergo a renovation project – which includes the construction of a new runway and a new terminal – over the next 20 years, to meet the demands of such an important city in the country.

 

Quick and easy

The Melbourne Airport app provides essential information and makes traveling easier. Among its tools are real-time information on flights, maps, a locator of shops, discounts and special offers, a parking calculator and a taxi fare calculator.

 

Around 35 million passengers circulated through Melbourne Airport between 2015 and 2016. Among them, over 9 million were foreigners. In the same period, the airport also handled 238,000 aircraft.

 

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New destination

Over 6,835 miles [11,000 km] long, the direct route Santiago-Melbourne is covered in 15 hours and is the longest flight in the history of the airline. At the airport in Australia, the LATAM counters are located in Terminal 2.

 

Countdown

The inauguration of Terminal 4, with an area of 215,280 square feet [20,000 square m] and three floors, is the most recent source of pride for Melbourne Airport, standing out for being a “self-service terminal,” with 36 check-in kiosks and 18 kiosks for bag drop. T4 has 1,200 seats, and large electronic display screens provide passengers with flight information, including a countdown for when they must board their flight.

 

Surfing at the airport

One of Melbourne Airport’s most innovative projects is the URBNSURF, a huge water park. Installed near the terminal, it has a large pool that can generate 6.5-foot [2 m] swells for surf enthusiasts to practice one of the most popular sports in the country. It’s expected to be completed in 2018.