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Melbourne Airport welcomes daily A380 Emirates service

Oct 02, 2012

Melbourne Airport today welcomed Emirates' first A380 to Melbourne as it commenced daily services to Dubai and Auckland.

Melbourne Airport CEO, Chris Woodruff, welcomed the arrival of EK406 around 5am this morning.

“I was thrilled to watch the inaugural Emirates A380 service touch-down this morning, further strengthening our close relationship which commenced in 1996 when Emirates chose Melbourne as their first Australian destination.”

“Emirates is a valued customer of Melbourne Airport, and the new A380 services to Auckland and Dubai confirm Melbourne’s position as a key global destination.”

“Melbourne Airport has experienced strong international passenger growth over the last few years and our curfew free status has been a key factor, which combined with our single terminal precinct, provides airlines and passengers unparalleled flexibility and convenience in Australia,” said Mr Woodruff.

“Melbourne was the first major Australian airport to be A380 ready and we continue to invest in our facilities to enhance services, including recently opening two additional international gates and upgrading our aerobridges to accommodate more A380s.  In addition, within our international arrivals area, we opened two new A380-capable baggage reclaim units and added more processing space for the border agencies.”

“We look forward to working with Emirates and other airlines to continue to welcome more A380 services to Melbourne.”

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