Melbourne (MEL) Airport

Melbourne MEL Airport Overview

Melbourne International Airport MEL serves south-east Australia's State of Victoria and its cpital city of Melbourne.  It is the only international airport among the greater Melbourne metropolitan area's four airports. It is also Australia’s second-busiest airport and a hub for Qantas & Virgin Blue. Skytrax has awarded Melbourne Airport four stars. Recently, travel to/from Asia has considerably increased, and new routes & airlines were added.

MEL Airport is located on the Tullamarine Freeway - 25 km from the City center of Melbourne - accessible either by taking the toll-free Western Ring Road, or obtaining a CityLink pass to the Tullamarine Freeway.   NOTE: The new direct route, coming  from the West, is the 3.3 km, 4-lane divided Airport Drive (formerly a section of Melrose Drive) - opened late June 2015 - providing a second major entry to the Airport - linking it directly to the M80 Ring Road and easing congestion.

With two runways and an estimated 29 million passengers annually, Melbourne Airport is served by a host of national and international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all parts of the globe.

International travelers
: 1. International travelers need to arrive at the airport three hours prior to scheduled flight (domestic travelers need only be there one hour before departure).
2. Measures for Ebola screening have been taken by all Australian airports as of November 2014, whereby international arrivals need to complete the new Travel History Card regarding their travels in the past 21 days.
On-Airport Hotels at Melbourne Airport:
    The Hilton Melbourne Airport Hotel (tel. +613 8336 2000 /fax 2001), connected by covered walkways to Domestic & International terminals;
    The Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport (tel. +61 3 9330 3230), within 400 meters of the terminal complex;.   
    The Hotel Formule 1 (tel. +61 3 8336 1811), a five-minute walk to the terminals.
    Apartment Hotel by Quest, located at the Airport's business precinct (corner of South Center Rd / Annandale Rd.).
Melbourne International Airport has 4 passenger terminals - domestic T1, T3 & new T4,  international T2, and 'old' budget /domestic T4.

If you pick up a passenger at Melbourne Airport
you can use the free 'Ring & Ride Waiting Zone' (Cell phone lot) - free for the first 20 mins, then standard fees aply.  Stay with your car until your party has retrieved bags and calls you to be picked up at the curb.  This lot is occupying a designated area within the Long-term carpark. Enter through 2 long-term carpark gates on Terminal Drive & Center Road, and exit through the long-term lot on to Melrose Drive and the terminal forecourt.  The automatic pay station is close to the 'Ring & Ride' zone.

Present and Future Airport Developments:  Melbourne Airport is investing nearly $10B) on upgrade and extension of its facilities - much of which has already been completed or are soon to be completed.     The South Apron expansion project with 21 new aircraft parking bays and redevelopment of gates 28A & 22 is soon to be completed, and by early 2016 the  taxiway slab replacement project is to be completed.

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