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About Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport

Read on to discover Melbourne Airport, its facilities and services it has on offer, the top destinations to fly to from the airport and with which airlines you can do this with.

Melbourne, Australia

About Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport (IATA: MEL) also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the cities main airport and the 2nd busiest in Australia serving 37 million passengers each year. The airport opened in 1970 and serves cities within the United States. The airport has in total four terminals: one international terminal, two domestic terminals and one budget domestic terminal.

The airport has direct flights to 33 domestic destinations as well as to destinations in the Pacific, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Melbourne serves as the major hub for Qantas and Virgin Australia, were Jetstar Airways and Tigerair Australia use the airport as their home base. The airport is located 14 miles (23 km) northwest of Melbourne City Centre, Victoria, Australia.


Melbourne Airport provides facilities and services to offer comfort and ease for its travellers. In total, the airport has 68 (53 domestic and 15 international gates as well as restaurants, shops and cafes at the airport terminal.

Facilities Include:

  • A wide range of shopping and dining places are available from popular restaurants, cafes and luxury and designer shops.
  • Free WiFi Accessibility
  • Luggage Storage
  • Luggage Lockers
  • Mobile Charging
  • Pets Hotel
  • Showers
  • Spa and Massage
  • Family Services
  • Postal services
  • ATMs
  • Currency Exchange

Lounges Include:

Air New Zealand Lounge (Airside): includes refreshments, printing, WiFi, telephone, showers, newspapers and magazines.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Terminal 2): available beverages, air conditioning, WiFi, disabled access, newspapers and magazines.

Qantas Club (Multiple Locations): offers beverages, air conditioning, family zones, showers, WiFi, telephone, newspapers and magazines.

REX Lounge (Main Terminal, near Gate 6): includes beverages, air conditioning, telephone, TV, disabled access, showers, WiFi, telephone, newspapers and magazines as well as conference facilities for an additional fee.

Virgin Australia Lounge (Main Terminal, near Gate 6): includes beverages, meals, WiFi, TV, workstations, showers, telephone, printing, conference rooms, newspapers and magazines.

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Terminal 1

Terminal 1 opened with Melbourne Airport in 1970 provides domestic and regional services for Qantas and QantasLink.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 opened in 1970 and manages all international, and some domestic, flights out of Melbourne Airport. The terminal has 20 gates with aerobridges. Cathay PacificMalaysia AirlinesQantasEtihad AirwaysSingapore AirlinesEmirates and Air New Zealand all operate airline lounges in the terminal

Terminal 3

Terminal 3 is home to Virgin Australia and used by Tigerair Australia. It has 11 parking bays served by single aerobridges and 8 parking bays not equipped with aerobridges.

Terminal 4

Terminal 4 was known as the Domestic Express or South Terminal terminal. Terminal 4 is currently used by Regional Express AirlinesJetstarTigerair Australia and Airnorth. 3 Gates fully dedicated to Virgin Australia.

Airlines that fly to Melbourne Aiport

Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Air Vanuatu, Aircalin, Airnorth, Beijing Capital Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Fiji Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Airways, LATAM Chile, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, QantasLink, Qatar Airways, Regional Express Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Scoot, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Thai Airways, Tianjin Airlines, Tigerair Australia, United Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Australia, Alliance Airlines, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, XiamenAir.

How to get to Melbourne Airport

By Road

Metred taxi is available at the designated taxi ranks located on the ground floor outside of Terminal 1, 4 and between 2 and 3. Taxis are ready to picking up their passengers at the short-term car parking or providing meet and greet service from within baggage claim.

By Public Transport

The airport is linked well to a bus system. If you're searching for a shuttle bus to the city centre, you'll need to connect to a rail line or you need to reach your hotel and you may find a bus ready for you.

By Rental Car

There is a selection of 6 car hire companies which you can rent a car from. These companies operate onsite at the airport, with offices on the ground floor of the Short Term Car Park and information desks in the Domestic terminals: Avis, Hertz, Budget, Redspot, Europcar and Thrifty.

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