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Hangar 103 and 104 were constructed by the Commonwealth Department of Civil Aviation as part of an assistance package to Ansett Airlines. These were used as maintenance hangars by Ansett-ANA until the 1970s.
To accommodate an influx of competitors and visitors to the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the Department of Civil Aviation sped up construction of hangar 103, creating a temporary International Terminal complete with a set of Olympic Rings.
Customs, Immigration and Health clearance desks were capable of handling 270 passengers at a time in the spacious new hangar. The Olympic Terminal was officially opened on 31 October at 6.10 am with the arrival of 72 Romanian athletes and one official.
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