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Mark Baljak's picture
#177

Well overdue link since EVA Air pulled out of Melbourne way back when

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Mark Baljak's picture
#178

not too much to write home about

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Aussie Steve's picture
#179

Oh dear!
Look at the huge, ugly, multi-level car park!
Money that should have been spent on a train line to the airport rather than more useless car parking.

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DesMond's picture
#180

Don't see how car parking is useless if it is used....
And as far as I know this is not government funded so spending money on a train line is irrelevant. It'd be good to see more improved local bus services and a dedicated lane on the Tullamarine Freeway for Skybus before billions is spent on a train line too.

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Alastair Taylor's picture
#181

Now that Tulla are increasing the supply of car parking, will we see some rational price decreases?

I'm not to phased about what the car parks look like, airports the world over are scarred by shit ugly multi-level car parks, eh we're just joining them.

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Aussie Steve's picture
#182

Sadly though, building more ugly car park is not a welcoming experience for visitors to our great city. The views from the airport to the CBD are great,bur blocked by ugly car parks which generate more traffic as people feel they can gain better access to the facility, when in fact, the roads are clogged with traffic already. Great airport benefit from great facilities including excellent public transport, that the private industry and consortium should e mandated to help fund when undertaking major expansions.

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Melbman's picture
#183

Why didn't they at least make more effort to make the new carpark look good? Brisbane managed to do it quite well, so why just take the standard, lazy way out here?

Pity really.They seemed to at least make T4 into a more design focused outcome but have done nothing on the car park. Concrete? How adventurous :)

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#184

The multi-storey carpark is hideous!

Makes you wonder if they even bothered with an architect?

Looks like it was designed by an engineer with an accountant overseeing its design, functional and efficient use of finances.

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#185

First time I've ever agreed with Michael Buxton. MEL's curfew-free status should be non-negotiable.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-airport-night-curfew-inevita...

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Mark Baljak's picture
#186

What's happen to the supposed Sri Lankan flights?

Etihad just started second daily flight, Scoot up to daily by December and NZ changes over summer - Queenstown to 3 to 6 weekly, Auckland 22 to 21 (8 weekly 767), Christchurch 7 to 9

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Qantas743's picture
#187

Also China Airlines is to be seasonal only.

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Melbman's picture
#188

UL are another carrier that just takes its time on anything. It has talked about re-starting a MEL route for years. It is up there with AI (eventually started MEL) and AC (eventually chose BNE) for those who like to take their time.

It is now said to be looking at a mid-2016 start, but I guess we will wait and see.

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#189

Emirates putting a second A380 on the MEL route (via SIN) from March:

http://www.theage.com.au/business/aviation/emirates-scales-up-to-a380-fo...

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#190

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/unveiling-the-new-dhl-express-gateway-to-t...

Unveiling The New DHL Express Gateway To The World

Monday 17 August 2015

The Andrews Labor Government has today welcomed the opening of the new $20 million DHL Express Melbourne Gateway facility at Melbourne Airport.

In opening the freight processing facility, Minister for Industry Lily D’Ambrosio congratulated the company for having the foresight to establish their businesses locally, capitalising on the strategic position of the Airport and the state’s strong global trade and export credentials.

The 14,780 sqm hub features warehousing and office facilities and state-of-the-art processing capabilities to enable shipment processing of more than 53,000 kilograms of goods each day. The centre employs almost 100 highly skilled Victorians.

The new facility, which is more than double the size of DHL’s previous Melbourne site, will service 30 percent of DHL’s Australian volume passing through Melbourne.

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Alastair Taylor's picture
#191

The official announcement on MEL-PEK going daily on Air China http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/let-us-be-your-gateway-to-australia-vi...

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Qantas743's picture
#192

New Melbourne Airport boss Lyell Strambi wants train line, more overseas flights
October 13, 2015 | Jamie Freed

Melbourne Airport will push for more access rights for international carriers, the continuation of curfew-free operations and a rail link to the airport under the leadership of its new chief executive, Lyell Strambi.

In his first major address since starting the role three weeks ago, the former Qantas Domestic boss said he planned to build on foundations laid by his predecessor, Chris Woodruff, to take the airport to the next stage.

"The experience our customers are experiencing today is not what we want it to be, as good as some elements are," Mr Strambi told the Australian Airports Association annual conference in Hobart on Tuesday.

He said all elements of the airport experience, including transport to and from the facility, needed to be attractive in order to remain relevant to passengers. Mr Strambi said it was a "folly" for airports to think that they would keep business no matter how negative the experience was because they had local monopolies.

"I'll take that meeting by phone call or move meetings around or have less meetings," he said of avoiding flying to airports he doesn't like. "It is a folly to think travellers and airlines will just suck up everything we dish out to them. Australia should think about that too. The more attractive we make Australia the better it will be."

In recent years, Melbourne Airport has excelled at attracting new international traffic, in part because it lacks the curfew of Sydney Airport. It reported 8 per cent growth in international passengers over the last year, increasing its market share among its local rivals.

But Mr Strambi said it was very important that planning regulations limited development around Melbourne Airport to ensure it could keep running its operations 24/7.

"Where I used to see empty paddocks for miles I now see suburbs," he said. "That is a real risk. It could stifle Victoria's growth."

He also said the airport would remain in favour of the construction of a multibillion-dollar rail link to meet the region's future transport needs, even though the state government has taken it off the agenda.

To ensure the airport keeps growing, Mr Strambi said he would lobby for more access to foreign carriers – something that would not benefit his former employer, Qantas.

"Local airlines need a level playing field," he said. "They don't need protectionism. That is the best way to ensure they will be fit to compete on the broader stage."

But Mr Strambi said he believed the rise in inbound travel replacing outbound demand would ensure continued growth in international traffic to Melbourne Airport.

"As an airport operator, inbound is a better segment for us as inbound passengers are likely to spend more money and have a longer dwell time [to spend in shops and restaurants]," he said. "So I think [the lower Australian dollar] is not a major problem."

Read More: http://www.smh.com.au/business/aviat...12-gk78ek.html

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Mark Baljak's picture
#193

I'm sure he was singing a different tune when at QF...

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Qantas743's picture
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Mark Baljak's picture
#195

when was the first CI flight? Saw the A330 land today

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Qantas743's picture
#196

Today :)

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Mark Baljak's picture
#197

By the way Hainan have applied for 3 weekly Qingdao-Melbourne from July next year

https://twitter.com/airlineroute/status/656926262531858432

will be with Beijing Capital A330

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Alastair Taylor's picture
#198

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-airport-50th-busiest-in-the-...

Melbourne is the only airport among the world's 50 busiest without a rail link or one on the way, other than five heavily car-dependent American cities.
A new analysis is to be released by the Public Transport Users Association as part of an event they are staging on Friday. It shows Melbourne – with 28 million passengers passing through it each year – is the only Australian airport in the top 100 without a rail link.
The other top 50 cities without an airport rail link are Las Vegas, Houston, Charlotte, Orlando and Detroit.
Athens has just over half the number of passengers as Melbourne but has a rail link; Oslo with a population of more than 600,000 and Salt Lake City with just under 200,000 residents have rail links. Melbourne's population is 4.4 million

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The Oslo and Salt Lake City populations are out of whack (quoting city, not metro - they're both nearer 1mil), but nevertheless, the reporting rolls on and on and so very little changes.

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Qantas743's picture
#199

Still no firm date but Sri Lankan still on track to start MEL next year:

http://www.anna.aero/2015/11/05/anna-aero-meets-srilankan-airlines-chair...

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Mark Baljak's picture
#200

Sri Lankan, Capital Airlines and Xiamen next year to MEL

http://www.chinaaviationdaily.com/news/48/48801.html

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