Melbourne Airport, originally known as Tullamarine Airport is the primary airport servicing the Victorian capital city Melbourne. Melbourne Airport, which has on and off again also gone by the name Melbourne International Airport, is located in the North Western Melbourne suburb of Tullamarine, less than 10 kilometres from the Essendon Airport and approximately 22 kilometres from the Melbourne central business district.
Tullamarine Airport, as it was known at the time, was built in the early 1960’s following continued growth throughout Melbourne and increasing pressure being placed on Essendon Airport. In December 1967, Melbourne Airport received its first commercial flight and in its first year of operation handled six airlines and travelled 155275 international passengers. Melbourne Airport has seen incredible growth in flight and passenger numbers since its opening, registering 24.77 million passengers in 2008-2009 year – 4.91 million of which were international. The phenomenal growth in flight and passenger numbers has resulted in Melbourne Airport being the second busiest within Australia to Sydney Airport and the Melbourne-Sydney route being the third most travelled air route in the world.
is located approximately 22 Kilometres from Melbourne city and is serviced by the Tullamarine Freeway, with five major freeways and motorways providing connecting road transit for inner city and outer suburbs.
Melbourne Airport is the second busiest airport in Australia to Sydney Airport with the Melbourne-Sydney route the third most travelled passenger route in the world.
Melbourne Airport is located in the northern Melbourne suburb of Tullamarine and is approximately 25 kilometres from Melbourne city.
Melbourne Airport Address
Melbourne Airport, VIC 3045
Melbourne Airport Airfield & Terminal Information
Melbourne Airport aerodrome is built over a 2369 hectare block of land and was first opened 1 July 1970. Two runways service air traffic for Melbourne Airport, the primary North South runway which is 3657 metres long and 60 metres wide and an East West runway 2286 metres long and 45 metres wide. There are full length taxiways long both runways and high speed runway exits to increase the efficiency of the airport.
Currently Melbourne Airport has 16 passenger aircraft stands and 6 freight servicing the international traffic and an additional 40 passenger aircraft stands for domestic traffic. With nearly twice the number of domestic aircraft stands, it highlights and reinforces the fact that the Melbourne Sydney route being the third most travelled in the world.
Latitude: 37°40´24.1″ South
Longitude: 144°50´36.2″ East
Elevation: 434 feet above sea level
Location: 22Km North West of Melbourne central business district
Melbourne Airport Map
Melbourne Airport Driving Instructions
Driving to Melbourne Airport from the western suburbs of Melbourne, drivers should aim to get onto the Western Freeway, then onto the Western Ring Road which will link up with the Tullamarine Freeway and passes directly beside Melbourne Airport.
Travelling to Melbourne Airport from the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, navigate towards the Northern Ring Road which will turn into the Western Ring Road and connect with the Tullamarine Freeway at the Gowanbrae interchange. Tullamarine Freeway conveniently passes directly past Melbourne Airport.
Melbourne city should take the Citylink Western Link road out of the city centre, which will turn into the Tullamarine Freeway near Essendon Airport and flow directly into Melbourne Airport.
Melbourne Airport Parking
Melbourne Airport is owned and operated by Australia Pacific Airports Melbourne, a subsidiary of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation. APAC is a majority Australian owned company (51%), with Hastings Fund Management (16%) and Deutsche Asset Management (RREEF Infrastructure 33%) making up the remaining 49%. Australia Pacific Airports Corporation also own Australian Pacific Airports Launceston, which manages Launceston Airport in Tasmania.