More than 3000 jobs will be created as part of the Melbourne Airport expansion, the federal government and the airport have announced.
The jobs will come during construction of the new domestic airport terminal, capable of handling up to 10 million passengers a year, and some will continue afterwards.
The international terminal is also being upgraded.
Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff says the airport plans $1 billion in projects over the next two years.
“We’ve commenced the largest transformation of Melbourne Airport yet,” he said on Tuesday.
While the construction jobs are temporary, projects are lined up back to back, meaning there will always be about 3000 jobs on site for 20 years, he said.
Passenger numbers are forecast to double to 60 million during that time.
Mr Woodruff said a rail link would be needed to meet growing demand but it would not be the “silver bullet” to solve airport transportation.
Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss said the expansion would boost the national economy but any airport rail link would have to be funded without federal government support.
“We see those as projects that are better provided by states and local governments,” he said.
The $400 million first stage airport development is planned for the airport’s long-term southern precinct, due to open in mid-2015. It will include 17 new aircraft parking bays, extra car parking, ground transport facilities and road upgrades.
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