Melbourne Airport has announced plans to build a new $300 million passenger terminal by 2014.
According to local newspaper reports, the gateway is set to expand with a new interconnected domestic terminal and improved freeway access.
The news follows the announcement by Sydney Airport last week of plans to reconfigure its terminals, organising them by airlines rather than by international and domestic traffic, by 2019.
Melbourne Airport's new Terminal 4 building will be built to the south of the existing T3 building which is used by Virgin Australia.
The development will see all terminals connected under one roof, allowing easy movement between airlines for domestic and international flights, the gateway said.
Plans include a new multi-level car park, widened roads, new baggage facilities and several extra plane gates.
Chris Woodruff, CEO at Melbourne Airport, said consultation with airlines, freight and transport companies and the Commonwealth government would start early next year, and was expected to take about nine months.
He told local reporters: “We can't say which airline or airlines will be using the new terminal, as those discussions are still to be had with the airlines.”
According to Woodruff, the existing T4, currently a rudimentary and separate shelter used by Tiger Airways, will be demolished.
Meanwhile, the new terminal's connection to the main building will also allow for the physical expansion and revamp of T3.