The Hon John Anderson MP

Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Transport and Regional Services
Leader of The Nationals

The Australian Coat of Arms

15 April 2000


The Federal Government has approved Melbourne Airport's plan to build a passenger terminal for new entrant airlines.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, announced the approval today.

"The Government's approval of the new terminal highlights our determination to increase competition in the domestic airline industry, which will reduce airfares, create jobs, and help boost our tourism industry.

"The new terminal will be located near the Ansett terminal, and will be able to handle about 550 passengers per hour. It will include a comfortable forward lounge adjacent to the aircraft parking positions, with five separate boarding gates.

"I have imposed one condition on the development. The new terminal is close to Ansett's southern concourse, and there is the potential for congestion as aircraft move backward and forward. Accordingly, I have directed Melbourne Airport to prepare a management plan for dealing with the inevitable operational compromises involved in handling movements in and around the new terminal apron. The plan must recognise Ansett's importance as the incumbent airline in closest proximity to the new terminal, and include some form of priority access for its passenger operations.

"The way is now clear for Melbourne Airport to start constructing the terminal. In the meantime, new domestic airlines will be able to use the international terminal under special arrangements."

Media Contacts

James Baker ( Minister Anderson's Office ) 02 6277 7680 / 0417 225 176