Essendon Airport operates 24 hours a day and supports over 50,000 annual aircraft movements.

Airport Location
Essendon Airport is located just 10 kilometres from Melbourne’s Central Business District.


Airport Elevation
Essendon Airport is elevated 282 ft Above Mean Sea Level (AMSL).


Aircraft Parking
Essendon Airport does not provide an aircraft marshalling service. Requests for aircraft marshalling should be directed to the airlines or Fixed Based Operators. 

Aircraft parking allocation is controlled by Essendon Airport. No aircraft, other than those authorised to do so, are permitted to park in the RPT parking area located directly outside the passenger terminal. Unless otherwise marked all aircraft parking bays are for public use.


Regular Public Transport Area
Essendon Airport has a Regular Public Transport (RPT) area, which is located directly outside the main terminal building and is designated by markings on the ground and signage around the area. It is a requirement under the Regulations that all persons accessing this area must have a valid ASIC, or be a passenger under escort of a pilot holding an ASIC, or have a Visitor Identification Card (VIC) and be under escort by an ASIC holder. Only aircraft participating in RPT operations may park in this area.


Air Traffic Control
Airservices Australia operate a 24 hour Air Traffic Control service. The Essendon Airport Control Tower is active Monday to Friday from 0600-2200, Saturday 0700-2200 and Sunday 0700-2200 local time. Outside these hours control service is available from Melbourne approach.


Airport Lighting

Runway 17/35 has Medium Intensity Runway Lighting.

Runway 08/26 has High Intensity Runway Lighting and Medium Intensity Lighting.
All four runways are fitted with a Precision Approach Path Indicator system

All taxiways have centre line lighting.
Runway Guard Lights are fitted on all taxiways leading onto a runway.


Curfew Restriction
The Air Navigation (Essendon Airport) Regulations 2001 (Cth) prescribe a curfew period which applies to aircraft from 11pm until 6am the following day. Movements that are permitted during curfew periods include:

  • Propeller driven aircraf tand helicopters subject to specified maximum take-of fweights and or maximum noise levels
  • Where the aircraft is involved in an emergency;or
  • Where the aircraft is involved in a Police Air Wing operation; or
  • A dispensation is granted by the Secretary under regulation 15 that authorises the take-off or landing, and the take-off or landing is in accordance with the dispensation.

Airservices Australia includes data on curfew movements in its quarterly aircraft noise information reports. A recent report for the period October 2012 – December 2013 shows the following: 

  • On average, there are around six movements per night during curfew hours;
  • The records show that the operations are spread across both the North South and East West runways.

Navigational Aids
RWY 26 has a Category 1 Instrument Landing System. The airport is also equipped with a Non Directional Beacon.

The OLS (Obstacle Limitation Surfaces) is boundary of airspace which surrounds the airport, which is protected by Commonwealth Legislation from intrusion or interference by buildings, trees, cranes, smoke, lights, air turbulences and any effect which could affect aviation safety.

Passenger Terminal
The passenger terminal is open from 0600-1800 hours daily. A café, toilet and shower facilities are provided. 

The airport has two runways. An East/West (08/26) runway of 1,921 metres and a North/South (17/35) runway of 1,503 metres. Both runways are 45 metres in width. Due to Noise Abatement Procedures, Essendon Airport has an aircraft weight limitation of 45,000kgs.



Air BP

Agent: NTL Aviation Services
Hours: 0600-2000 7 days
Phone: 03 9094 4720 / 0428 569 734
Email: mebfuel@ntlas.com.au
After Hours: 0428 569 734
Availability: Mobile JET A-1 Refueller
After hours call out fees apply to non-contracted Customers
Payment: Air BP Carnet


Mobil Aviation (Supporting Shell Aviation)

Agent: Aerofuels Essendon Pty Ltd
Hours: Monday to Friday 0600 – 2200, Saturday to Sunday 0700 – 1700
Phone: 03 9379 1518  Fax : 03 9379 4669
Email:  essendonops.aerofuels@bigpond.com
After Hours : 0419 336 133 /  0417 538 257  / 0418 125 636

Radio Frequency: VHF 129.9 MHz Call Refuel “AVGAS” or “JET”

Availability: Mobile AVGAS & JET A-1 Refueller

After hours call out fees apply

Payment :  Mobil Aviation Carnet, Shell Aviation Carnet, UVAIR Carnet, World Fuel Services Carnet, VISA, Mastercard

Requests for fuel in excess of 10,000 litres require 24 hours prior notice.


Essendon Airport is classified as a security controlled airport under the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 and the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005.

An ASIC is required for all airside areas.

A newly established perimeter fence encloses the airside area of Essendon Airport.  In addition, a CCTV system which monitors activity around the airport 24 hours a day. EAPL staff, Office of Transport Security Inspectors, specialised security officers and the Australian Federal Protective Services conduct regular inspections of the airside area.

Airside access through EAPL gates is controlled through a security access system.  Access through these gates is via an access card, issued and controlled by Essendon Airport Management.


All aerodrome taxiways are rated to the International Civil Aviation Organisations Aerodrome reference code 3C.

Weight Restrictions
The Air Navigation (Essendon Airport) Regulations 2001(Cth) does not permit aircraft over a maximum take-off weight of 45,000kgs to operate at Essendon Airport at any time.

Typical domestic passenger jets are well in excess of 45 tonnes.

A typical example of one of the largest aircraft able to operate from Essendon Airport is shown above. 

Technical information should be confirmed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) or Airservices Australia to ensure accuracy.