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Melbourne Airport Code MEL

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Airport coordinates

LAT / LON -37°-40'-23"S / 144°50'34"E


Weather Observations

Station ID: YMML
Observation Time: 19/04/2021 6:29 pm

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About Melbourne Airport Code

Melbourne Airport code is MEL. This IATA code for Melbourne Airport is derived from Melbourne city where the airport is permanently located. Colloquially known as Tullamarine Airport, this facility serves as a hub for Jetstar, Qantas, Regional Express Airlines, and Virgin Australia. 

About  Melbourne Airport (MEL)

Melbourne Airport (MEL) started operations way back in 1970 and has evolved into a world-class facility comprising four terminals along with two asphalt runways. In 2017, this airport served over 10 million passengers bagging it the title of the 2nd busiest airport in the country. At 132 meters above sea level, Melbourne Airport (MEL) is an exquisite gateway to Asia, Europe, and North America among other continents. 

Melbourne Airport (MEL) Terminals

There are four terminals at the airport: Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 3, and Terminal 4: 

Terminal 1

This facility is dedicated to only domestic and regional services offered by Qantas Group airlines. It is equipped with 16 parking bays and aerobridges. This facility commenced operations in 1970 for Trans Australia Airlines. 

Terminal 2

This facility also commenced operations in 1970. It handles all international and some domestic operations. With 20 gates and aerobridges, this facility is used by Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, and Emirates. 

Terminal 3

Terminal 3 is home to Virgin Australia. It was previoulsy known as the Ansett Australia terminal. One of the main attractions of the facility is The Lounge. 

Terminal 4

Previously regarded as the South Terminal, Terminal 4 serves only low-cost carriers. It was originally built for Virgin Blue and Impulse Airlines. 

Nearest Airports to Melbourne Airport (MEL)

Essendon Airport : 21 km 

Avalon Airport : 60 km

King Island Airport : 248 km

Albury Airport : 332 km

Portland Airport : 375 km

Major Airlines Operating from Melbourne Airport (MEL)

Air China 

Air New Zealand

Air Vanuatu


Beijing Capital Airlines

Cathay Pacific Airlines 

Cathay Pacific 

Cebu Pacific

China Airlines 

China Eastern Airlines 

China Southern Airlines 


Etihad Airways

Japan Airlines

Runway Data

Name Length Width Surface Lighted
09-27 7,500 ft 148 ft Asphalt Yes
16-34 11,998 ft 197 ft Asphalt Yes

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should I reach the airport to board a flight on time?
    You should reach 90 minutes in advance before the departure of your domestic flight and 3 hours before the departure of an international flight.
  • Yes. You can use the free Wi-Fi facility at the airport.
  • The airport features luxury lounges, duty-free shops, ATMs, onsite parking, multi-cuisine restaurants, and currency exchange counters among other facilities.
  • You must check with the Materials Management Department as all unclaimed properties found at the airport and its vicinity are deposited here.
  • Yes. You need to carry a copy of your boarding ticket along with a government-issued picture ID.
  • Yes. The airport has a 24*7 medical center helmed by well-trained doctors and paramedics. In the event of a medical emergency, ambulances are also provided.
  • Kindly get in touch with your respective airline.
  • Kindly refer to your respective airline’s guidelines should you wish to carry medicines on board. It is advised that you carry your doctor’s prescription as well.
  • For the safety of our passengers, we request them to not handle any unattended items. They are advised to inform about the same to the airport staff or security personnel.

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