Melbourne Airport


Tiger Airways' new home opens at Melbourne Airport

Oct 08, 2007

Melbourne Airport today officially handed over Terminal 4 (T4), the new Australian home of Tiger Airways, to the new domestic airline ahead of its first flight on November 23.

With the tiger-print ribbon cut by Minister for Industry & Trade, Theo Theophanous, preparations at Melbourne Airport for the airline’s commencement from T4 are now in their final stages.

T4 is located approximately 300 metres – or a 1 minute walk – south of Terminal 3 (Virgin Blue and Regional Express). It is located 3 minutes walk from the Melbourne Airport Short Term Car Park, and 1 minute walk from the T3 taxi and Skybus pick-up points.

T4 had been previously used by Impulse Airlines and Virgin Blue during their initial start up in 2000; however the terminal has now undergone a $5m refit to accommodate Tiger Airways’ specific plans. It features 3 gates and 5 aircraft parking positions, and is expected to accommodate approximately 600
passengers at peak times, and up to 2 million passengers per year.

Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said the speed in which the airport had responded to Tiger Airways’ plans was a credit to the team of over 150 people who had worked on welcoming them to Melbourne.

“The fact that it is only six months since Melbourne Airport first pitched to Tiger – and now we are in the final stages of their set up – is a fantastic reflection on how the whole airport team has responded to this opportunity,” said Mr Woodruff.

Tiger Airways CEO Tony Davis said that Melbourne Airport was a partner that acutely understood its specific goals.

“From the get-go, Melbourne Airport has proven to be a business that truly works to understand our plans,” said Mr Davis. “We now have a terminal constructed for our individual needs – and one that will ensure our growth here in Victoria.”

Mr Woodruff also pointed out that Melbourne Airport’s reputation for leading delivery of significant construction works was reflected in the work that has gone into creating T4.

“We have a proud history of delivering major construction projects for Victoria on time and on budget – and at the highest of worksite safety standards. The extensive work to T4 is a textbook example of that,” said Mr Woodruff. “Tiger is now ready to move in to its new home – one that has been tailored specifically meets their long-term business goals.”

Tiger Airways’ Australian domestic services are set to commence on Friday, 23 November – with its first flight set to take off to the Gold Coast. The airline has also announced direct flights between Melbourne and Alice Springs, Darwin, Launceston, Mackay, Perth, Rockhampton and the Sunshine Coast.

Terminal 4 (T4): FAST FACTS

The location
• Terminal 4 (T4) is located approximately 300 metres – or a 3 minute walk – south of Terminal 3 (T3) – the home of Virgin Blue and Regional Express. It is located on Service Road.
• It is a 1 minute walk from the T3 taxi and Skybus pick-up points, and 3 minutes walk from the Melbourne Airport Short Term Car Park.

Vehicles taxis and buses
• T4 will be directly served by the Skybus CBD-to-airport shuttle service, with dedicated services operating direct from Southern Cross Station to T4. These will be timed with Tiger Airway’s planned schedule.
• Vehicles will be permitted to drop off and pick up in allocated 1-minute spaces near the entrance to T4, in line with current arrangements in front of other terminals.
• T4 will have its own dedicated car park: Express Car Park – which is located just metres from T4’s departure and arrivals doors. Passengers are encouraged to use this website's Car Parking Calculator to determine their best parking option.

Key operational info
• T4 has 3 gates, and 5 aircraft parking positions.
• Passengers will walk from the terminal to the aircraft.
• Every bag on every Tiger Airways flight will be x-rayed – in line with requirements for the 100 per cent screening of all checked-in baggage.
• T4 is more than 900m² in size, and is expected to handle approximately 600 passengers in a busy hour.

• Over $5m has been spent by Melbourne Airport to enhance T4 for Tiger Airways’ domestic services.
• More than 150 people have been involved in the construction of the terminal since construction started in June 2007.

T4’s history
• T4 was constructed in 2000 to accommodate the arrival of Impulse Airlines and Virgin Blue.
• T4’s most recent role was as the offices for Melbourne Airport’s Operations team.

The water tower
• Over 320 litres of paint (3 coats of orange and 1 coat of brown) were used to paint the 38-metre high ‘Tiger tower’.

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