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Essendon Fields Airport unveils name change, new look for passenger terminal

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 15, 2017
An artist's impression of the refurbished passenger terminal at Essendon Fields Airport. (Essendon Fields Airport)
An artist’s impression of the refurbished passenger terminal at Essendon Fields Airport. (Essendon Fields Airport)

A refurbished passenger terminal at what will be known as Essendon Fields Airport will feature new checkin and security screening facilities as part of a facility capable of handling 200,000 passengers a year.

The airport released renderings of what the new terminal will look like on Wednesday, when it also announced a name change to Essendon Fields Airport, from Essendon Airport.

The images show floor-to-ceiling views, access to the airfield from both screen and unscreened departure lounges, and various seating and dining options for passengers.

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The heritage terminal at Essendon Fields Airport that is being upgraded first opened 1959.

“Leasing is well progressed to commence a $3m makeover of the heritage terminal building,” the airport said in a statement.

An artist's impression of the refurbished passenger terminal at Essendon Fields Airport. (Essendon Fields Airport)
Note the signage that points to a “Screened Departures Lounge”. (Essendon Fields Airport)

In recent times, the airport has grown from being primarily a base for charter/business jets and Victoria’s emergency services fleet to one that now handles about 100,000 passengers travelling on regular public transport (RPT) flights operated by regional carriers.

Moreover, the surrounding commercial precinct has grown to about 200 businesses comprising car dealerships, a retail shopping centre and 166-room hotel that together employed some 6,000 people.

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Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Essendon Fields Airport chief executive Chris Cowan officially announced the name change. (Essendon Fields Airport)
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Essendon Fields Airport chief executive Chris Cowan officially announced the name change. (Essendon Fields Airport)

“The name change to Essendon Fields Airport reflects the fact that aviation is at the heart of Essendon Fields,” Essendon Fields Airport chief executive Chris Cowan said said in a statement.

“Aviation trends have seen a major increase in demand for emergency services, bigger quieter corporate jets and recently airlines services to regional areas.

“We see those three sectors as the future of Essendon Fields Airport.”

Opened in 1919 as St John’s Airfield, the airport has also been previously known as Essendon Aerodrome (1923-1950), Melbourne Airport (1950-1970) and Essendon Airport (1970-2017).

Passenger numbers on Essendon Fields’ regional flights have grown from about 10,000 a year in 2014 to 50,000 in 2016 and 100,000 currently.

Four airlines – Free Spirit Airlines, Fly Corporate, Jetgo and Sharp Airlines – operate RPT flights into and out of Essendon Fields.

The airport is also home to about 50 business jets and was understood to have the most number of international movements outside of the major airports in Australia. The likes of ExecuJet and Executive Airlines are based at Essendon Fields.

Further, the airport said about a third of all movements at Essendon Fields were from Victoria’s emergency services fleet.

A joint-venture between Linfox and Beck Corporation secured a 99-year lease to operate and develop Essendon Fields Airport from the federal government in 2001.

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5 Comments

  • Marc

    says:

    Ranks up there with CBA’s $1m yellow square graphic and Gold Coast City Council’s $100k red dot as potential award winning time wasters.

  • Rodney Marinkovic

    says:

    Essendon Airport is special place. Where I have landed first time on first May 1970, on board of DC9-30. And started life in promissed, great land Australia. So happy that airport goes thrue transformation.
    Rodney Marinkovic & Aviation Entusias. ???????

  • Ian Morris

    says:

    Wonder how much they paid some marketing guru to come up with that ridiculous name?

  • Allan Anderson

    says:

    My first flight ever was from Essendon in an Ansett Airways DC3 to Adelaide via Mount Gambier. I was 11 years old at the time and migrating from Victoria to South Australia. I have never forgotten that flight in a noisy unpressurised airplane which flew at 6,000 feet. It was wonderful.

  • Ben

    says:

    Not a single mention of general aviation… good to see the little guys will be completely pushed out by the looks. Unless you’re corporate turbine they aren’t interested is what my take-away is.

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Essendon Fields Airport unveils name change, new look for passenger terminal

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 15, 2017
An artist's impression of the refurbished passenger terminal at Essendon Fields Airport. (Essendon Fields Airport)
An artist’s impression of the refurbished passenger terminal at Essendon Fields Airport. (Essendon Fields Airport)

A refurbished passenger terminal at what will be known as Essendon Fields Airport will feature new checkin and security screening facilities as part of a facility capable of handling 200,000 passengers a year.

The airport released renderings of what the new terminal will look like on Wednesday, when it also announced a name change to Essendon Fields Airport, from Essendon Airport.

The images show floor-to-ceiling views, access to the airfield from both screen and unscreened departure lounges, and various seating and dining options for passengers.

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Advertisement

The heritage terminal at Essendon Fields Airport that is being upgraded first opened 1959.

“Leasing is well progressed to commence a $3m makeover of the heritage terminal building,” the airport said in a statement.

An artist's impression of the refurbished passenger terminal at Essendon Fields Airport. (Essendon Fields Airport)
Note the signage that points to a “Screened Departures Lounge”. (Essendon Fields Airport)

In recent times, the airport has grown from being primarily a base for charter/business jets and Victoria’s emergency services fleet to one that now handles about 100,000 passengers travelling on regular public transport (RPT) flights operated by regional carriers.

Moreover, the surrounding commercial precinct has grown to about 200 businesses comprising car dealerships, a retail shopping centre and 166-room hotel that together employed some 6,000 people.

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Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Essendon Fields Airport chief executive Chris Cowan officially announced the name change. (Essendon Fields Airport)
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Essendon Fields Airport chief executive Chris Cowan officially announced the name change. (Essendon Fields Airport)

“The name change to Essendon Fields Airport reflects the fact that aviation is at the heart of Essendon Fields,” Essendon Fields Airport chief executive Chris Cowan said said in a statement.

“Aviation trends have seen a major increase in demand for emergency services, bigger quieter corporate jets and recently airlines services to regional areas.

“We see those three sectors as the future of Essendon Fields Airport.”

Opened in 1919 as St John’s Airfield, the airport has also been previously known as Essendon Aerodrome (1923-1950), Melbourne Airport (1950-1970) and Essendon Airport (1970-2017).

Passenger numbers on Essendon Fields’ regional flights have grown from about 10,000 a year in 2014 to 50,000 in 2016 and 100,000 currently.

Four airlines – Free Spirit Airlines, Fly Corporate, Jetgo and Sharp Airlines – operate RPT flights into and out of Essendon Fields.

The airport is also home to about 50 business jets and was understood to have the most number of international movements outside of the major airports in Australia. The likes of ExecuJet and Executive Airlines are based at Essendon Fields.

Further, the airport said about a third of all movements at Essendon Fields were from Victoria’s emergency services fleet.

A joint-venture between Linfox and Beck Corporation secured a 99-year lease to operate and develop Essendon Fields Airport from the federal government in 2001.

Steer your own in-flight experience – available on print and digital Whether our classic glossy magazine in your letterbox, daily news updates in your inbox, peeling back a few layers in the podcast or our monthly current affair reports, you can count on us to keep you up to date. Sign up today for just $99.95 for more exclusive offers here. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

5 Comments

  • Marc

    says:

    Ranks up there with CBA’s $1m yellow square graphic and Gold Coast City Council’s $100k red dot as potential award winning time wasters.

  • Rodney Marinkovic

    says:

    Essendon Airport is special place. Where I have landed first time on first May 1970, on board of DC9-30. And started life in promissed, great land Australia. So happy that airport goes thrue transformation.
    Rodney Marinkovic & Aviation Entusias. ???????

  • Ian Morris

    says:

    Wonder how much they paid some marketing guru to come up with that ridiculous name?

  • Allan Anderson

    says:

    My first flight ever was from Essendon in an Ansett Airways DC3 to Adelaide via Mount Gambier. I was 11 years old at the time and migrating from Victoria to South Australia. I have never forgotten that flight in a noisy unpressurised airplane which flew at 6,000 feet. It was wonderful.

  • Ben

    says:

    Not a single mention of general aviation… good to see the little guys will be completely pushed out by the looks. Unless you’re corporate turbine they aren’t interested is what my take-away is.

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