Moorabbin Airport

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Moorabbin Harry Hawker Airport
Harry Hawker Airport
Melbourne/Moorabbin Airport
Moorabbin Airport overview Vabre.jpg
Aerial photograph
Airport type Public
Operator Moorabbin Airport Corporation
Serves Melbourne
Location Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia
Elevation AMSL 50 ft / 15 m
Coordinates 37°58′33″S 145°06′08″E / 37.97583°S 145.10222°E / -37.97583; 145.10222Coordinates: 37°58′33″S 145°06′08″E / 37.97583°S 145.10222°E / -37.97583; 145.10222
YMMB is located in Melbourne
Location in Melbourne
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 571 1,873 Asphalt
13R/31L 1,060 3,478 Asphalt
13L/31R 1,150 3,773 Asphalt
17R/35L 1,240 4,068 Asphalt
17L/35R 1,335 4,380 Asphalt
Statistics (2010/11[1])
Passengers 9,766
Aircraft movements 274,082
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[2]
Passenger and aircraft movements from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE)[3]

Moorabbin (Harry Hawker) Airport (IATA: MBWICAO: 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. With a total of 274,082 aircraft movements Moorabbin Airport was the second busiest airport in Australia for the calendar year 2011.[4]


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. The airport was renamed to Moorabbin (Harry Hawker) Airport on 22 January 1989, after pioneering Australian aviator Harry George Hawker. This was also the centenary date of Hawker's birth.


Moorabbin Airport, one of four in the city, serves the general aviation needs for the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It has five intersecting runways, the longest being Runway 17L/35R with a length of 1,335 metres (4,380 ft); the airport also has a control tower. The airport is home to the Royal Victorian Aero Club, the Australian National Aviation Museum and several flight training facilities, including a campus of multinational pilot training organization Oxford Aviation Academy.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

A King Island Airlines Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante taxies past a parked Cessna 177RG Cardinal at Moorabbin
Airlines Destinations
King Island Airlines King Island

Master plan[edit]

The master plan for Moorabbin Airport was approved by the federal Minister for Infrastructure Anthony Albanese MP, on 25 June 2010. The master plan provides a twenty-year horizon detailing the development of the airport and associated infrastructure.[5]

A draft Major Development Plan for Moorabbin Airport drawn up by the Australian company Wesfarmers was refused by Albanese, on 5 August 2013.[6] 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.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fiscal year 1 July – 30 June
  2. ^ YMMB – Moorabbin (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 10 November 2016, Aeronautical Chart
  3. ^ "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"
  4. ^ "Movements at Australian Airports" (PDF). Airservices Australia. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Corporate: Master Plan. Moorabbin Airport. Retrieved 22 May 2014
  6. ^ Troels Sommerville (9 August 2013). "Minister says no to Moorabbin Airport retail development". Morrabbin Kingston Leader. News Corp Australia. 
  7. ^ "Council welcomes decision to refuse controversial retail proposal at airport" (Press release). City of Kingston Council. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 

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