Melbourne Airport: Handling the COVID Crisis

Melbourne is projected to become Australia’s most populous city in only six years’ time. Chris Frame hears about the steps being taken to better serve passengers currently passing through its busy airport, as well as keeping an eye to the future.

At the beginning of 2020, airlines and airports were looking forward to another successful period. Last year had seen the industry expand by 4.5% in its tenth consecutive year of growth; with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) projecting 2020 would surpass 2019’s performance. However, the coronavirus pandemic has meant forecasts have had to be revised massively downwards, with the future still uncertain on how much the industry will be affected.

Prior to the virus outbreak, Australian airports had benefited from this decade of growth, with all of the nation’s major hubs seeing an expansion of international and domestic services. Increased frequencies and flights linking new city pairs were made possible, in part thanks to the introduction of more modern and efficient airliners, such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787.

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