Mildura Airport

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Mildura Airport
Mildura Airport logo.svg
Mildura Airport overview Vabre-1.jpg
Overview of Mildura Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Mildura Airport Pty Ltd.
Location Mildura, Victoria
Opened circa 1929[1]
Elevation AMSL 167 ft / 51 m
Coordinates 34°13′45″S 142°05′08″E / 34.22917°S 142.08556°E / -34.22917; 142.08556Coordinates: 34°13′45″S 142°05′08″E / 34.22917°S 142.08556°E / -34.22917; 142.08556
Website www.milduraairport.com.au
Map
YMIA is located in Victoria
YMIA
YMIA
Location in Victoria
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,830 6,004 Asphalt
18/36 1,139 3,737 Asphalt
Statistics (2010/11[2])
Passengers 207,422
Aircraft movements 5,777
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[3]
Passenger and aircraft movements from the BITRE[4]

Mildura Airport (IATA: MQLICAO: YMIA) is located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) southwest[3] of Mildura, Victoria, Australia. It is the busiest regional airport in Victoria,[5] the 32nd busiest Australian airport[4] and has twice been named Australia's Rural Airport of the Year.[6]

During World War II it was taken over by the Royal Australian Air Force as RAAF Base Mildura.[7] From 1961 to 1976, Australia and the United States Atomic Energy Commission agreed to conduct "Project HIBAL" Upper Atmosphere Sampling at Mildura Airport.[8][9][10][11]

In 1967 the Airport was used to launch balloons for the French National Center for Scientific Research.[12]

QantasLink (de Havilland Dash 8 400) and Regional Express (Saab 340) offer scheduled air services. Virgin Australia (Embraer ERJ-190 & Boeing 737-800) began the first scheduled jet service from 13 October 2008. It is also home to Cobden Air and the Mildura Aero Club.

Its terminal facilities underwent renovation in September 2012, a $6.4 million revamp by builders Mossop Construction + Interiors. This was completed to modernize the airport, as well as increase its passenger handling capabilities to support future air travel growth.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Exterior view of Mildura Airport terminal
Airlines Destinations
QantasLink operated by Eastern Australia Airlines Melbourne
Regional Express Melbourne, Adelaide, Broken Hill, Sydney
Virgin Australia Melbourne[13]

Operations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes into and out of Mildura Airport (FY 2012[2])[14]
Rank Airport Passengers carried  % Change
1  Victoria Melbourne 196,721 Decrease1.0

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 18 June 2013, a Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 operating a flight from Brisbane to Adelaide with 91 passengers and crew on board diverted to Mildura due to heavy fog which had closed Adelaide airport. The flight carried enough fuel to allow roughly 30 minutes holding.[15] A Qantas 737 had also diverted to Mildura, arriving after the Virgin flight and radioed that they were running low on fuel. This was interpreted by the Virgin crew as an urgent situation and they allowed the Qantas flight to land ahead. With the airport's automated weather service unavailable and the visibility deteriorating, the Virgin flight conducted a missed approach and now critically low on fuel were forced to commit to an immediate emergency landing. Mildura airport is not equipped with an Instrument Landing System approach aid and the crew performed the landing without visual reference to the runway on the second attempt. The aircraft landed with 535 kg (1,179 lb) remaining fuel.[16]
  • On 6th of November 2015, a Cessna crashed on approach into Mildura airport. The plane was on a trip from Moorabbin airport. The plane crashed into power lines setting it alight almost immediately, the pilot of the Cessna died at the scene.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AUSTRALIAN AERIAL SERVICES". Barrier Miner. XLII, (12,562). New South Wales, Australia. 27 August 1929. p. 2. Retrieved 14 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia.  , ..."Dale" bread will be distributed from the....and Mildura airports....
  2. ^ a b Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  3. ^ a b YMIA – Mildura (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 17 August 2017, Aeronautical Chart Archived 11 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b "Airport Traffic Data 1985-86 to 2010-11". Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). May 2012. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012.  Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"
  5. ^ Mildura Airport — Flights to Mildura Archived 19 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Mildura Rural City Council - The Winner Is...Mildura Archived 13 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "RAAF Base Mildura". RAAF Museum. 
  8. ^ “Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America relating to Upper Atmosphere Sampling (HIBAL). ATS 7 of 1961”. Australasian Legal Information Institute, Australian Treaties Library. Retrieved on 15 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America to extend the Agreement relating to Upper Atmosphere Sampling of 9 May 1961 ATS 12 of 1962 ". Australasian Legal Information Institute, Australian Treaties Library. Retrieved on 15 April 2017.
  10. ^ Pacheco, Luis Eduardo. "Australian Balloon Launch Station (ABLS), Mildura, Victoria". stratocat.com.ar. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America to amend andextend the Agreement relating to Upper Atmosphere Sampling of 9 May 1961, as amended ATS 12 of 1969 ". Australasian Legal Information Institute, Australian Treaties Library. Retrieved on 15 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia and the Government of the French Republic concerning the Conduct of Balloon Launchings in Australia for Scientific and Meteorological Studies ATS 27 of 1967 ". Australasian Legal Information Institute, Australian Treaties Library. Retrieved on 15 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Virgin Blue adds regional Australian destination". Aviation Record. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  14. ^ "Australian Domestic Airline Activity 2010-11". Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). May 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012.  Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"
  15. ^ Ellen Whinnett (18 July 2013). "Virgin plane had just 535kg of fuel when it made emergency landing at Mildura Airport". Herald Sun. 
  16. ^ "Aviation Occurrence Investigation AO-2013-100" (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 

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