The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to invest $5 billion in the Melbourne Airport Rail Link.

AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the funding commitment recognised the importance of the project to Melbourne’s future prosperity and would improve the efficiency of the city’s overall transport network.

“The Melbourne Airport Rail Link will provide more choice for the 34 million passengers using the airport every year, while also easing congestion for commuters using the road network surrounding the airport,” Ms Wilkie said.

“This is an essential project to ease congestion as both the city of Melbourne and the airport itself continues to grow, and will further enhance the passenger experience.”

Ms Wilkie said the rail, when constructed, would build on the work already completed by Melbourne Airport to improve access to the airport.

“Melbourne Airport has already made significant improvements to the road network within the airport precinct, and the rail will further increase the range of choices available to passengers,” Ms Wilkie said.

“This is an important step forward in developing a transport network that supports Victoria’s future economic prosperity.”

Melbourne Airport is expected to facilitate almost 70 million passengers by 2038 – double its current passenger numbers.