Tuesday October 21, 2014

Moorabbin to Melbourne Airport helicopter service launched

An Air Melbourne A109 over the city. (Air Melbourne)

An Air Melbourne A109 over the city. (Air Melbourne)

A new helicopter transfer service between Moorabbin Airport in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs and Melbourne Airport in the northwest has been launched by Victorian Minister responsible for the Aviation Industry, Gordon Rich-Phillips.

The ‘Heli-Express’ service is operated by Air Melbourne using AgustaWestland A109 machines, and cuts the 90 minute or more road trip to just 12 minutes. Passengers are met at Melbourne Airport’s helipad by a limousine which transfers them to their terminal.

“The service is aimed at time-poor businesspeople who want to maximise their time but we think there will also be a fair bit of take up from people who want to add an extra dimension to their holiday such as honeymooners,” Air Melbourne director John Borg said. “It is about double the cost of a taxi fare but parking is free at Moorabbin so there are no additional costs. And of course there is the certainty of getting to the airport on time.”

Comments

5 Responses to “Moorabbin to Melbourne Airport helicopter service launched”
  1. Raymond says:

    Interesting. I just wonder whether the service will survive long-term.

    The quoted ’90 mins or more’ must be peak-hour travel time.

  2. Ben says:

    “… parking is free at Moorabbin…” until the airport operator realises they are sitting on a cash cow!

  3. Sally says:

    Fantastic service we are going to use it on our next trip from Rowville to the air port. Pay a little extra and have no stress! Beautiful

  4. Grant McHerron says:

    As someone who lives close to Moorabbin and hates having to transit the tunnels, bridges & other choke points on the drive between home & Tulla, I’m seriously tempted.

    Wonder if they link in with VHA operators to provide pickup from home to/from the Moorabbin helipad? :) :)

  5. Adrian says:

    Extra lanes on the Tullamarine Freeway will not help the bottlenecks on City Link and Monash Freeways waste of money. Any one familiar with the M25 Heathrow must realise that adding lanes over the years does not stop a freeway becoming a car park. How about a short air link across the bay to Avalon to use the low cost carriers.
    Even better have fixed wing flights to Adelaide, Sydney and Tassy.