Melbourne Airport has unveiled plans to significantly expand its duty-free footprint as it welcomes new operator, Lotte Duty Free.

The existing Arrivals Duty Free space will undergo a renovation inspired by Melbourne's laneways and architectural style, while the retail space in Departures will be extended in 2026, providing more room for increased products and in-store activations.

According to Melbourne Airport chief of retail Jai McDermott, international travellers can also expect new luxury brands and travel exclusives as they head overseas or return home.

“Melbourne is widely regarded as Australia’s fashion capital and the Lotte brand will enhance that reputation with luxury items and travel exclusives that can only be found in duty-free,” McDermott said.

“Key in-store features will include a mixologist providing holidaymakers with free cocktails, make-up artists offering complimentary tutorials and skincare consultations, as well as pop-up activations.”

Melbourne Airport has also relaunched its online Laneway duty-free store, giving travellers the opportunity to click and collect when flying overseas or re-entering Melbourne. International travellers can purchase products up to two months ahead of travel and redeem items inside Lotte’s Arrivals or Departures store on the day of travel.

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