|Moorabbin Harry Hawker Airport
Harry Hawker Airport
|King Island Airlines plane at Moorabbin|
|IATA: MBW – ICAO: YMMB|
|Operator||Moorabbin Airport Corporation|
|Location||Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia|
|Hub for||Oxford Aviation Academy|
|Elevation AMSL||50 ft / 15 m|
|Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart
Passenger and aircraft movements from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE)
Moorabbin (Harry Hawker) Airport (IATA: MBW, ICAO: YMMB) is a general aviation airport for light aircraft located in between the Melbourne suburbs of Heatherton, Cheltenham, Dingley Village and Mentone (postcode 3194), Australia. The airport grounds are treated as their own suburb, designated the postcode 3194. The airport opened in December 1949. Originally the intent was to name the airport "Mentone" but this was abandoned after a potential clash with the then French airport Menton. Similarly, Cheltenham was discarded due to similarities to the UK airport Gloucester/Cheltenham. The name comes from the nearby Moorabbin, Victoria. With a total of 274,082 aircraft movements Moorabbin Airport is the second busiest airport in Australia for the calendar year 2011.
Moorabbin Airport is home to the Royal Victorian Aero Club, has five intersecting runways, an air museum, helicopter terminals, a control tower and several flight training facilities. Moorabbin Airport, one of four in the city, serves the general aviation needs for the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
The nearest train station is Cheltenham, approx 3 km (1.9 mi) from the airport.
Bus services run along Centre Dandenong Road at the northern boundary connecting to a number of rail stations including Hampton, Highett, Cheltenham and Dandenong. The nearest freeway is Eastlink approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) to the east.
Airlines and destinations
|King Island Airlines||King Island|
In 2006 Moorabbin Airport was named "Australian Regional Airport of the Year"
The master plan for Moorabbin Airport was approved by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese MP, on 25 June 2010. The master plan provides a twenty-year horizon detailing the development of the airport and associated infrastructure. It will be published on the airport website.
The Wesfarmers draft Major Development Plan for Moorabbin Airport was refused by the then Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese MP, on 5 August 2013. The draft plan was for the development of large retail outlets on 4.8 hectares of airport land at the corner of Centre Dandenong Road and Boundary Road. The proposal had a floor area of 14,500m2. In refusing the draft plan, the Minister noted:
- The Federal Government's aviation white paper emphasises that airports are intended primarily for aviation and that excessive non-aviation developments at airports is not consistent with what communities surrounding airports want.
- He was not satisfied that the information provided sufficiently demonstrates that due regard has been given to feedback from the community made during the consultation period, as required under s92 (2) (iii) of the Act.
- He supported that any resubmission should include an independent expert panel and an assessment of consistence with the Airports Act 1996, state and local planning policies.
Renaming of Moorabbin Airport
Moorabbin Airport was renamed to Moorabbin (Harry Hawker) Airport on the 22nd January 1989. This was also the anniversary date of Harry George Hawker's 100th birthday. Quotes from the Sun Newspaper 23rd January 1989
"At last the man they believe to be the finest Australian pioneering aviator in history will be acknowledge"
"The Transport and Communications Minister, Mr Willis, finally ratified the push to rename the airport on Thursday, in time for Harry's birthday."
" This was after more than 25 years of lobbying"
- Fiscal year 1 July – 30 June
- PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 14 November 2013, Aeronautical Chart (
- "Airport Traffic Data 1985-86 to 2010-11". Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) (BITRE). May 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012. Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"
- "Movements at Australian Airports" (PDF). Airservices Australia. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- Troels Sommerville (9 August 2013). "Minister says no to Moorabbin Airport retail development". Morrabbin Kingston Leader (News Corp Australia).
- "Council welcomes decision to refuse controversial retail proposal at airport" (Press release). City of Kingston Council. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
- "Aviation White Paper—Flight Path to the Future—December 2009". Department of Infrastructure and Transport. Archived from the original on 25 June 2013.
- "Albanese rejects plan". 19 August 2013.
- "AIRPORTS ACT 1996 - SECT 92". Retrieved 27 September 2013.
- "Minister Rejects Moorabbin Master Plan". AustralianFlying.com.au. 14 August 2013.
- Moorabbin Airport website
- Australian National Aviation Museum - Moorabbin Air Museum website
- Harry George Hawker
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