Melbourne Airport Departures

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Airport codes

  • IATA airport code: MEL
  • ICAO airport code: KMLB


Melbourne Airport
Locked Bag 16 Gladstone Park
Victoria 3043, Australië

Phone: +61(0)3 9297 1600
Fax: +61(0)3 9297 1886
Email: via contact form

About Melbourne International Airport departures

Melbourne Airport is the second largest airport in Australia after Sydney and handles 37,3 million passengers a year (2019) before the pandemic. In 2020 there where about 9 million passengers and in 2021 the Melbourne departures are still not the amount what it was in 2019. The Aussies also call it Tullamarine Airport, because of the area where the airport is located.

Transportation to/from Melbourne Airport

There are many different buses close to terminal 4. You can use these bus connections to travel to the city center via the Westfield Shopping center or Broadmeadows train station. There are also Tullamarine airport departures with a SkyBus that has a direct connection to Melbourne. The City Express travels to Central Business District and there are Melbourne airport departures every 10 minutes from terminals 1, 3 and 4. Another option is to travel by taxi or Rideshare (Uber). The ride to the center takes 30 minutes.


Terminals at the airport

Melbourne has four terminals that are connected to each other. Two terminals, T1 (Qantas) and T3 are intended for domestic flights. T2 is used for international flights and T4 is for low cost airlines.

melbourne airport departures and arrivals total passengers

Passenger statistics

The airport has been experiencing significant passenger growth since the 1980s. Since that time, there have been 5 million passengers a year using the airport. With a few small dips, it has grown to 37 million passengers in 2019. This required a total of 234,789 Melbourne flight departures. These flights were mainly operated by Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia.


Most Melbourne airport flight departures are domestic to Sydney Airport, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Gold Coast Airport, Hobart, Canberra, Launceston, Cairns, Darwin and the Sunshine Coast.

The biggest drop in passenger numbers in 2020 and 2021 is mainly due to the Melbourne airport international departures. Australia is strict so that few tourists and business people are allowed. There are still a few flights to airports that serve as hubs such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Other normally busy routes are to Auckland, Christchurch, Denpasar Bali, Dubai, Los Angeles and Guangzhou. Hopefully we will soon see the airlines with Melbourne Tullamarine departures such as Air China, Emirates, Air New Zealand, Etihad, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Scoot, Vietnam Airlines etc.