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MEL is gradually getting rid of departure express lane in favour of automated passport clearance.
Member since 24 Apr 2014
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Yes you go right instead of left when entering the departure area
Member since 07 Feb 2015
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1.5 hours is plenty for transit in MEL. All terminals are connected so you don't have to take that 'scenic' bus ride like you do in SYD. Instead you just walk 3-5 minutes from VA terminal to T2 right next door. Make sure they give you the express card at SYD when checking in so you can use the express lane in MEL. I usually use Express lane for security but when it comes to immigration, there's not that much difference anymore as it is all machine now instead of human. Don't forget to visit the Etihad Lounge which has a pretty cool bar and great view of the tarmac.
Forgot to mention my advice above is based on previous experiences before the new security screen procedure was introduced this week, so it could take longer now based on what the airport was like for the past few days.
Member since 20 Aug 2014
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The express path line at security has already been removed.
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