Virgin Australia has released concept artwork for a new Terminal 3 at Melbourne Airport to help streamline check-in passengers.

The concept art, released in early December 2017, illustrates Virgin Australia’s vision for Terminal 3 (T3), which will eliminate traditional check-in queues and provide dedicated access for frequent flyers direct to Virgin Australia lounges.

A new enclosed walkway will connect the front of terminals three and four, which will improve connectivity by allowing passengers to move between the terminals without leaving the building.

This will simplify security arrangements within the two terminals and streamline the path to departure gates for Virgin Australia passengers.

In addition to an upgraded check-in experience, the improvements within the new-look T3 will also feature dedicated in-lounge security screening, meaning Velocity Frequent Flyers will be able to access a more streamlined screening process prior to the comfort of Virgin Australia’s famous lounges.

Virgin Australia passengers arriving into Melbourne will also benefit, with plans to add two more baggage carousels to relieve congestion and accommodate anticipated growth on the airline’s network.

The Group Executive for Virgin Australia Airlines, Rob Sharp, said the design went beyond aesthetics to put the Virgin passenger experience front and centre.

“The airport experience is an important part of our guest’s overall travel experience. Virgin Australia runs a major operation at Melbourne Airport, operating up to 100 return flights each day,” Mr Sharp said.

“The redeveloped terminal will see Virgin Australia provide guests with a world class experience on the ground, to match the unrivalled service we provide on-board.”                                                          

Melbourne Airport Chief Executive, Lyell Strambi, said the investment in T3 underscored Virgin Australia’s commitment to Australia’s fastest-growing capital city.

“We are very focused on enhancing the traveller experience and the concept designs released today provide a glimpse of what that could look like for Virgin Australia passengers travelling through Melbourne,” Mr Strambi said.

“It’s vitally important that Australia’s fastest-growing capital city is well-served with both domestic and international air connections and all Victorians have an airport to be proud of.

“Our passenger forecasts project we’ll be welcoming 60 million passengers a year by 2033, and for Melbourne to maintain its reputation on the world stage, the airport experience must continue to stack-up against travellers’ expectations.

“Projects such as this are essential to ensure the airport is able to grow alongside the city while preserving its commitment to the traveller experience, making sure our local visitor industry continues to attract more tourism and business visitation to the nation’s most liveable city.” 

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