Chris Frame travels to Melbourne to learn how the Victoria gateway is rising to the challenges of a resurgent travel market.
Australia’s airports were hard hit during the pandemic, though perhaps none more so than Melbourne (MEL). By far the largest aviation gateway for the populous state of Victoria, the sprawling complex is one of the nation’s leading hubs. Yet rolling lockdowns throughout 2020 and 2021 have had a significant impact on the city and its airport. Throughout the pandemic, the team at MEL have navigated a cumulative 262 days of lockdowns, as well as more than two years of international border closures.