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    1970s

    May 1959 Sir Robert Menzies Prime Minister of Australia (1939 - 1941, 1949 - 1966) announces that a new airport will be built at Tullamarine
    27 November 1962 Government approves a five-year plan for a new international jet airport (“jetport”) at a cost of $45M
    11 November 1964 First sod turned by then Senator John Gorton commencing construction at Melbourne
    August 1965 First sod turned by then Senator John Gorton commencing construction at Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine
    1 July 1970 RT. Hon. J.G. Gorton Prime Minister of Australia (1969 -1971) officially opens Melbourne Airport at Tullamarine for international operations
    • First international arrival, Alitalia AZ723 from Rome
    • First international departure, Qantas QF530 City of Bendigo to San Francisco
    15 August 1970 Astrojet Space and Science Centre opens
    20 June 1971 Domestic operations commence at Melbourne Airport
    20 June 1972 Concorde prototype arrives in Melbourne from London on its first international proving flight
    1973 Expansion works completed to allow Boeing 747’s to service the airport
    c1975 In a world first, Trans Australia Airlines paints a mural on an aircraft and also mounts a movie camera to the tail of VH-TJB Boeing 727-76 for brand promotion
    4 to 12 August 1975 Concorde conducts a series of environmental test flights between Melbourne and Singapore
    December 1975 Inaugural Pan Am service from New York to Melbourne
    March 1976 AC/DC arrives at Melbourne Airport for their concert at Sidney Myer Music Bowl
    5 March 1977 ABBA arrives at Melbourne Airport for the Moomba performance at Sidney Myer Music Bowl
    November 1977 Inaugural Lufthansa service from Frankfurt to Melbourne

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    • Meet and greet - At Terminal

      If you are dropping off or picking up friends or family, do it the right way. Parking in the At Terminal car parks will have you at the aircraft gates in no time. No need to book online either, park for as little as $12 for one hour in the At Terminal T123 Car Park.

    • Meet and greet - Value Short Stay

      If you are dropping off or picking up friends or family, do it the right way. And if you're looking for the best price, our Value Short Stay car park is perfect for you. At $10 flat rate for 4 hours, and a FREE shuttle bus every 10 minutes, you can be there for when they land!

    • Free wait & pick-up zones

      Looking to drop-off or pick-up friends or family at the kerb, there are plenty of options at Melbourne Airport including our At Terminal 1 & 10 minute pick up zones.

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    • VHA & limousine operators

      To ensure customers are provided with a superior experience, Melbourne Airport provides Hire Car and Limousine drivers with exclusive dedicated parking bays at reduced parking rates.

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    • Bus access

      Melbourne Airport's forecourt is the busiest of its kind in Australia, therefore the airport actively manages traffic in this congested high-demand area. For all buses accessing the airport, access terms and operating conditions apply.

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    • Taxi access

      Melbourne Airport is the busiest taxi rank in Victoria so maintaining an efficient and safe taxi network is a key priority for the airport. Taxis can be either pre-booked, or passenger can be picked up from taxi ranks.

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  1. Melbourne sign

  2. Bag on carousel

  3. Airplane landing

  4. Car park sign

  5. Premium parking

  6. Duty free

  7. Virgin planes

  8. Qantas plane

  9. Tarmac

  10. Towers

  11. Control centre

  12. Freight