Sydney, Melbourne and Perth Airports will introduce a new 'premium arrivals' system under plans revealed in this week's Federal Budget.
The proposal would extend beyond the Express Path lanes currently available to first class and business class travellers and include escorted 'fast-tracking' from the moment passengers step off their flight through to baggage collection and exiting the terminal.
Similar to VIP meet-and-greet services offered at other major airports around the world, the suite of premium perks has been described by a spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton as "premium traveller facilitation services", reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
"Airport operators would pay the government a fee for the premium service, the cost of which may be passed on to airlines or passengers."
"The services would be on a user-pay basis and travellers using these services will be processed under established clearance procedure."
Sydney Airport "is working closely with the government to develop an initial concept for premium border processing", a spokesperson for Sydney Airport told Australian Business Traveller, adding that “passengers frequently request premium border processing options, which is a standard practice in major airports globally."
A privately-operated VIP terminal for Melbourne Airport was floated in 2014, initially aimed at domestic high-flyers including celebrities, rock bands, cashed-up 'whales' bound for Crown Casino and others belonging to the private jet set.
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