Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Melbourne Airport chief Chris Woodruff labelled the city “Australia’s global gateway,” ahead of the arrival of Emirates’ A380 daily service, commencing October 2012. Mr Woodruff said Melbourne Airport was the first Australian airport to be A380-ready and will continue to facilitate the support and growth of A380 services in the future.“We have opened two additional international gates and upgraded more of our aerobridges to be A380 capable. We have invested almost $50 million in two additional baggage reclaim units in our international arrivals area which adds to our A380 capability.” Melbourne’s substantial international passenger growth can be attributed to many factors.“Combined with our single terminal precinct, our curfew free status provides airlines and passengers flexibility and convenience. This is particularly important for markets such as Europe and the Middle East where Melbourne, and Australia, are part of a global network,” Mr Woodruff said.“Emirates is looking forward to further strengthening its commitment to Australia with the launch of its A380 service to Melbourne, which will become the airline’s twentieth A380 destination on Emirates’ rapidly expanding global network,” Emirates’ senior vice president, commercial operations Far East & Australasia Salem Obaidalla said. Mr Woodruff said the new Emirates A380 services to Melbourne would also positively contribute to the Victorian tourism industry.“As a leading, full service international carrier, Emirates’ decision to introduce a daily A380 service to Melbourne is a great vote of confidence in our city and state as a global destination.”Emirates’ daily A380 Dubai-Melbourne-Auckland service will commence on 2 October, 2012.