Airport West, Victoria
|• Density||1,881/km2 (4,870/sq mi)|
|Area||3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi)|
|Location||11 km (7 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Moonee Valley|
Bounded by the Calder Freeway to the south, the Tullamarine Freeway to the east, and the Western Ring Road to the north west, Airport West is so named for its position to the west of Essendon Airport, Melbourne's first general airport now used for light planes, charter and freight since the opening in 1970 of Melbourne Airport, located to the north of the suburb.
It has the distinction of being the only locality in Australia which does not itself contain an airport to contain the word "Airport." The suburb has undergone significant development in recent years, and due to its proximity to the city, has attracted substantial residential and business investment. In recent times, the suburb has been subject to significant "urban gentrification" owing to this investment, transforming it from a utilitarian business hub to a desirable residential zone within a tram ride from the city!
The present Airport West post office opened on 22 November 1982. The Niddrie North office which opened in 1960 was known as Airport West between 1974 and 1982, before reverting to Niddrie North.
Tram route 59 travels from Westfield Airport West (at Matthews Avenue), then runs via Matthews Avenue, Keilor Road, Mount Alexander Road, Fletcher Street, Pascoe Vale Road, Mount Alexander Road, Flemington Road and then terminates at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street, at Flinders Street Station.
Westfield Airport West was built in the northern corner of the suburb. Opening in 1976 and undergoing redevelopments in 1982 and 1999, it includes a Village cinema complex. Other shopping areas in the suburb are also located on McNamara Avenue. The suburb contains much light industrial, manufacturing, and freight businesses due to its proximity to Essendon Airport, Melbourne Airport and to the recently built Direct Factory Outlets (DFO).
Airport West has one government primary school (Niddrie PS), a Catholic primary school (St. Christopher's PS) and a secondary school (Niddrie Campus, Essendon Keilor College).
- James Birrell, architect
- Hayden Kennedy, AFL umpire
- Simon Madden, VFL player
- Justin Madden, Victorian State Minister and VFL/AFL player
- Ashley Naylor, musician
- Mark 'Bomber' Thompson, VFL/AFL player and coach
- City of Keilor – A former local government area of which Airport West was a part.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Airport West (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- Australia Post (8 December 2006). "Postcode Search". Retrieved 12 January 2006.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- Full Points Footy, Airport West, retrieved 15 April 2009