tullamarine wrote:Melbourne has 8 standoff bays for heavies : D13 D15 G57A G60A G54A H1 H2 and H3. Soon we will also have F21A and F22 capable of handling B789 or A359.
Planes moved to stand off bays are: EK380 EK77W EY789 BI788 MH333 LA789 MH333 QF789 VA77W and 1 or 2 JQ 788. Usually the QF789 is parked over in the Qantas domestic terminal. Also some planes are move to T4.
The MEL Master Plan refers to the addition of another 5 international standoff bays over the next 5 years. Whilst good, this fails to address the chronic lack of gates and facilities in T2. The only new gates in the 5 year period are 2 A350 capable swing gates linked with T1 and T3. The plan for a renewed T2 is well overdue even though some very hazy concept drawing were released nearly 2 years ago. Even then, the plan is quite limited given the limited real estate available. Bussing should only be a last resort. There is nothing more frustrating after a 10-14 hour flight than being shuffled onto a bus for what can often be a long journey back to the terminal. I'm sure pax satisfaction ratings dive as soon as they are loaded onto buses.
I was surprised when the master plan came out that it didn't propose the conversion of T3 into an international terminal with a new domestic terminal (T5) built south of T4 for VA. It is still vaguely referred to as a plan but only in the 30 year timeframe which is pretty much meaningless.
Over the past few weeks I have travelled through Asia visiting CGK, SIN, PVG and HKG. Whilst they all have limitations(principally runway capacity), all of these airports show what is possible with good planning. Coming back into Australia is depressing where it seems airport owners are more interested in running a shopping centre that charges exorbitant car parking fees than world-class airports.
I've always thought it more sensible fof the Qantas terminal to be converted to international, while building a brand new terminal for QF on the south side of T4, where Jetstar operates exclusively. Renovate the VA terminal, including extending the second pier, and whamo, you've got some serious terminal capacity.