Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine, 3045

Smart Cleaning Solutions CEO Nicholas Pastras is writing a series of articles previewing some of the most well known places in Melbourne and in this article he writes about the gateway to Melbourne for overseas visitors, Tullamarine Airport, which is 25 km north west of the Melbourne CBD

Melbourne Airport is colloquially called Tullamarine or “Tulla” by Melbournians, and it is the second biggest Airport in Australia and the primary airport serving Melbourne.  It is the second busiest airport in Australia.

Tullamarine Airport

Tullamarine Airport - Called "Tulla" by the locals

Getting To The Airport

Getting to the airport is fast by road, it can be accessed via the Tullamarine Freeway from the Melbourne CBD in about 25 minutes, depending on traffic, and there are 5 car parks at the Airport, all of which operate 24/7. A shuttle bus service to Tullamarine runs from Southern Cross Station but there is no railway connection between the airport and the city (although there has been much talk of one over the past twenty years), but Melbournians are still waiting for a State Government to commit to the project, despite the fact that various incarnations of such a link have discussed and proposed by governments over the years.

With poor public transport links, most of the traffic to the airport is by car or taxi, and Melbourne Airport records extraordinary number of taxi movements in the year. The Airport is made up of four major terminals, one international and three domestic terminals, with one of the domestic terminals a dedicated low budget terminal where passengers alight on the tarmac. The airport features direct flights to 33 domestic destinations plus destinations in the Pacific, Europe, Asia and North America.

The airport is curfew-free and operates 24 hours a day, and in 2004, the environmental management systems used at the airport were accredited ISO 14001, the world's best practice standard, making it the first airport in Australia to receive such accreditation.

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