AUSTRALIAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND                2000-12-05  ASX-SIGNAL-G
HOMEX - Melbourne
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Please find attached a media release issued today, Monday, 4 December
2000 announcing that the new Domestic Express Terminal at Melbourne
Airport officially opened for operation this morning.
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J Hallam
COMPANY SECRETARY
MEDIA RELEASE
NEW DOMESTIC EXPRESS TERMINAL OPENS AT MELBOURNE AIRPORT
Melbourne Airport's new Domestic Express Terminal - the new
permanent Melbourne home for Virgin Blue and Impulse Airlines
officially opened for operation this morning.
The new $9 million terminal is the first additional passenger
terminal facility to be built at Melbourne Airport since 1971, when
The Ansett Australia and Qantas (then TAA) domestic terminals
relocated from Essendon to Melbourne Airport.
Chris Barlow, CEO, Melbourne Airport, was delighted to officially
open the new terminal this morning alongside Brett Godfrey, Chief
Executive Officer, Virgin Blue and Gerry McGowan, Executive Chairman,
Impulse Airlines.
"We're very excited about the opening of the Domestic Express
Terminal, and thrilled to officially welcome Virgin Blue and Impulse
Airlines to this wonderful new facility they will now call home." he
said.
Virgin Blue and Impulse Airlines were previously operating from
Melbourne Airport's international terminal. The new terminal allows
for future growth opportunities for Virgin Blue and Impulse Airlines.
Up to five aircraft at any one time will be accommodated at the new
terminal, and it has a passenger capacity of up to 550 passengers
each way.
The Domestic Express Terminal is located next to Ansett Domestic, and
is only a short walk from the International Terminal, short-term and
long-term car parks, car rentals, Centra Hotel and the Hilton
Melbourne Airport (opening early 2001).
There are pick-up areas for passengers in front of the new terminal,
as well as a new taxi rank and a skybus service. Car rental
facilities will be available, including Avis, Budget, Hertz,
National, and Thrifty, as will an ATM and public phones.
Passengers will also be able to enjoy beverages from Hudson's Coffee,
located in the gate lounge area. This area also offers excellent
panoramic views of the tarmac, allowing passengers to view aircraft
from ground level.
The opening of the new terminal comes at an exciting time for
Melbourne Airport. Early next year, the Hilton Melbourne Airport will
also open, and last Thursday night, Melbourne Airport claimed its
second National Tourism Award for General Tourism Services.
For further information contact Melbourne Airport Media Unit on 61 3
9335 3666