Melbourne Airport

Also known as Tullamarine Airport. Melbourne Airport is the primary airport serving the city of Melbourne, and the second busiest airport in Australia. It was opened in 1970 to replace Essendon Airport. Of the four airports serving Melbourne: Avalon, Essendon, Moorabbin and Melbourne Airport; Melbourne Airport is the sole international airport. The airport serves as a major hub for Qantas and Virgin Australia, while Tiger Airways Australia and Jetstar Airways utilise the airport as homebase. Melbourne Airport is the busiest airport for international export freights as of 2011, while second busiest for import freight.  

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Reviews – What People Are Saying

So far, the airport receives hundreds and hundreds of positive to average reviews coming from its customers. The only complaint that I’ve read is the airport’s wifi which is (according to them) very slow. Other than that, Melbourne Airport’s customers seems to be pleased with the airport’s interior design, clean facilities and other offers. Here are some of the reviews:

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I was in Melbourne back in Nov/Dec 2014 and I didn’t have an issues with traffic or congestion.  There was practically no one traveling so I was in and out in less than 20 minutes upon arrival and departure.  However, there is one complaint I have about Melbourne Airport.  There is NO toilet seat covers.  WTF?!  Seriously.  Actually, it goes for all of Australia!  The amount of food I eat I need to drop my deuce and there’s an toilet seat cover issue. What the f*ck is wrong with you people?!  Please talk to your President or Prime Minister to remedy this issue.  No bueno, amigo. Besides that.  No issues.  It’s definitely one of the easier airports to get in and out.  It reminds me of John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA.”
—Steve N. (Orange County, United States)

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I love how smart and efficient Melbourne airport is! Placed your passport in a self service e-kiosk, obtain a ticket, face recognition at other counter, and voila, good to start your Melbourne journey! It’s convenient and has the basic amenities you’re looking for. Taxis are well controlled by the state, and announcements are made to prevent touting. Toilets are generally clean, and luggages are on belt fast!”
—Wan Qi Ti (Singapore, Singapore)

Aesthetics

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Melbourne Airport’s terminals has 56 gates: 40 domestic and 16 international. The airport has four terminals, Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4. Terminal 1 holds and hosts domestic and regional services for Qantas Group Airlines. Terminal 2 handles all international and limited domestic flights out of Melbourne Airport and was opened in 1970. Terminal 3 is home for Virgin Australia, and has eleven parking bays served by a single aerobridges and eight parking bays not equipped with aerobridges; and as of terminal 4—originally called the Domestic Express or South Terminal, is dedicated to budget airlines and is the first facility of its kind at a conventional airport in Australia.  

Terminal Map

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Contact info:

  • Airport Code: IATA: MEL – ICAO: YMML
  • Phone number: +61 3 9297 1600
  • Website URL: www.melbourneairport.com.au
  • Email: reception@melair.com.au
  • Fax Number: +61 3 9297 1886
  • Address: Loced Bag 16, Gladstone Park, Melbourne, VIC 3043, Australia

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Conclusion

Clean facilities, fast security lines, nice interior designs and wide variety of souvenir shops and restaurants. Melbourne Airport has a lot to offer, the airport might not have its own railway system, which is one of the main transportation needs by their customers, but I guess it’s not a big issue as the airport is actually near from the city centre. Overall, Melbourne Airport is a nice airport who can accommodate their passengers, the way they could.

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