Especially during the peak season and holidays, the Melbourne Airport can get very busy with hustling travelers and long queues. Hate waiting? Learn how you can cut your pre-departure time with these five travel tips from Melbourne Airport Parking Cheap.
1. Drive to the airport
Riding a cab is more expensive than driving your car and parking it at a location near the airport before your flight. An offsite airport parking service provides affordable rates, as well as convenience, security, and peace of mind for travelers who need to park their car somewhere prior to their trip. If your flight schedule is in the wee hours, you can even book a hotel near the airport without breaking your travel budget.
2. Pack smartly
This does not just mean making sure that your travel bag contains only the essentials. It also means that you do not bring anything that the airport prohibits because it will cause you hassles and delays.
The Australian Government Aviation Security bans these things at the airport:
- Liquids such as hair and skin products stored in bottles that are more than 100 ml
- Full or partially full containers that are bigger than 100 ml
- More than one bag per passenger
3. Allot ample time for check-in at the airport
For both local and international flights, many check-in counters open 24 hours before departure. Make an allowance for a minimum of 3 hours before your flight. It would be better if you come in early if you are expecting congested roads on your way to the airport.
Never leave your home an hour before your flight—many travelers make this mistake when going to the airport. You will surely be late and will miss your flight. Arriving early at the check-in counter has its perks such as the ability to pick the best seat, more time to relax before your flight, and more buffer time for some potential delays.
4. Use the SmartGates
Take advantage of the efficiency of the SmartGates at the airport’s departure area when you pass through security checks and customs. Even if you are a non-Aussie or a non-ePassport holder, you can still use the SmartGates because it is designed to recognize almost all nationalities. Using the SmartGates allows you to avoid long lines and enjoy faster security checks at the custom.
5. No need to rush through the queue at the boarding area
As soon as the plane has arrived, passengers tend to hurry up and crowd the gate—everyone just wants to enter the plane first. However, this will just cause delay to the flight, as the airplane staff has to sort out first the queue.
When the airplane personnel has announced that the boarding gate has opened, avoid the urge to be the first person in line. Let the children, pregnant women, elderly, and persons with disability to go first (they should, of course, be always prioritized in lines). After all, you will still be able to board the plane, and it will not take off without you.