Jetstar to anchor Melbourne airport’s new Terminal 4

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Jetstar has signed on to become the anchor tenant at Melbourne airport's new Terminal 4 when it opens in the second half of 2015.

Construction on the new 20,000m² (215,000ft²) terminal is scheduled to start during the fourth quarter of this year. When completed, it will have a capacity of 10 million passengers per annum and 17 new aircraft parking positions, as well as a new ground transport hub.

The new Terminal 4 will be positioned between terminal 3, which is used by Virgin Australia and Regional Express, and the existing Terminal 4, which is used by Tigerair Australia.

Since it commenced operations in 2004, Jetstar has used Terminal 1, which is leased by parent Qantas, for its domestic services.

"We are delighted that Jetstar will be moving into our new domestic terminal as our anchor tenant", says Melbourne airport chief executive Chris Woodruff. "The new terminal will provide Jetstar with space for their growing operations as well as enhanced facilities including state-of-the-art technology."

The airport has a $10 billion capital investment programme planned for the next 20 years, which also includes building a new runway and expanding the terminals to lift the annual capacity of the airport to 60 million.

Last year, Melbourne airport handled a total of 29.3 million passengers, a rise of 5% year on year. The number of domestic passengers also increased by 5% to 22.4 million.