Moorabbin Airport Aviation

Moorabbin Airport is Australia's leading General Aviation airport, home to premier flying training schools for both fixed and rotary wing operations.


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hectare site

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aircraft movements annually

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pilots train at the airport each year

Moorabbin Airport is the second busiest airport by aircraft movement, currently recording 295,000 movements each year and forms part of a network of major airports within Victoria and Australia.

Training is a significant component of aviation operations with two thirds of out movements recorded from over a dozen flying schools.

Other aviation uses include aircraft maintenance, air charter, freight, recreational flying and air work, such as aerial photography and surveying, as well as emergency services such as the Royal Flying Doctors and Air Ambulance Services.

Across the 294-hectare site, Moorabbin Airport is home to 16 flight training organisations, charter, rotary and aerial firefighting operations. Importantly, the airport supports a range of advanced technical and general aviation maintenance organisations servicing local and visiting aircraft.

The airport is home base to Regular Passenger Transport operator, King Island Airlines, which links King Island to the mainland with daily flights.

Our vision

To continue to develop an efficient and fully functioning Airport of Regional and State significance. Through quality land use, this will significantly contribute to, improve and support the operation and growth of the airport, and the economic and social base of south eastern metropolitan Melbourne, particularly its local community.

Our aviation heritage

The aerodrome was first commissioned as an airfield when a group of aviators and the Civil Aviation Department decided that the Market Gardens south-east of Melbourne CBD would make a perfect airport site. The site was acquired in 1946 and opened in December 1949.

The airport has grown considerably since its beginnings; in the 1950’s its tenants included Brain and Brown Airfreight, Super Spread crop dusting and Flinders Island Airways. There were around 65,000 aircraft movements a year, predominantly by the Royal Victorian Aero Club.

By 1966 some of the runways and taxiways areas had been asphalted, resulting in over 300,000 traffic movements being recorded. In 1998 the Airport was privatised with Moorabbin Airport Corporation purchasing the leasehold from the Commonwealth Government for 99 years.


Conditions of use

Conditions of use

The Conditions of Use for Moorabbin Airport Corporation contains information for all aviation users on how the aerodrome can be used. The Conditions of Use outlines the requirement for other information including aeronautical charges and provision of aircraft and insurance details.

All aviation users should note that by landing at, operating or using these services at Moorabbin Airport they accept the terms of the Conditions of Use.

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Safety and security

Safety & Security

Airport safety and security is a responsibility we all share.

Moorabbin Airport Corporation will work closely with the Office of Transport Security, airport tenants and airport users to ensure compliance with Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 and other regulations.

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