IFATC at Home | Melbourne, Australia | YMML
You guessed it. It’s that time again… IFATC at home! Melbourne International Airport also more commonly known as Tullamarine Airport is situated 23 kilometres from the city center. There are plenty of beautiful routes that you can fly from Melbourne, from short hauls across the beautiful landscapes of Australia, medium hauls to the scenic coastline of New Zealand or a long haul to many destinations across the globe!
Terminal and Gate Information:
Tullamarine International Airport has four main terminals located across the airport.
Terminal 1 (B and C Gates) house domestic departures for Qantas and QantasLink for flights across Australia.
Terminal 2 (D Gates) is the international terminal and houses a ton of different airlines to destinations all across the globe.
Terminal 3 (E Gates) houses Virgin Australia and the majority of their route network.
Last but not least, Terminal 4 (F and G Gates) house Jetstar, Tigerair and Rex.
Standard Operating Procedures and Runway Usage:
Obviously this is very wind dependent, but the large majority of the time runway 16/34 is used for the arrival and departures of heavies and larger aircraft.
Runway 9/27 is typically used for smaller commercial aircraft.
The way I chose to control YMML when the winds favour 27 and 16 is to send the heavies to 16 and anything smaller to 27, so that it spreads the traffic load evenly, and gets you on the ground or up in the air as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Anyway, with all of that being said… I plan on trying to open for most of the day. Probably from 0600Z to 1100Z and then 2100Z to 0300Z. Can’t miss a day when you can control your home airport.
See you all there and stay safe guys!