Mildura Airport, MQL
Airport Name: Mildura Airport
IATA Code: MQL, ICAO Code: YMIA
Airport Type: Medium Airport
Elevation: 51 metres.
Municipiality: Mildura, Region: Victoria, Country: Australia
Website: MQL Airport Official Website
Wikipedia link: MQL Airport on Wikipedia
Mildura Airport is the busiest domestic air hub in the state of Victoria. Tourism is a major growing industry of Mildura, which makes the airport a vital facility to sustain the economic growth of the city. In 2009, more than 200,000 passengers passed through the terminal, making it one of the busiest regional airports in Australia.
The Mildura Airport was not a civilian airport when it was constructed in 1942, but an air abse for the Royal Australian Air Force, or RAAF. During that time, the war was raging on in the Pacific. The RAAF built the airport for use as a training center for fighter pilots. The training facility was the largest of such kind in Australia that in the six years of its existence as a training center, it produced 1,200 pilots. The Air Force Museum currently housed in a war-era building is a testament to that chapter of the airport's history.
For a brief period from 1947 to 1948, the air base was used as a campus for the University of Melbourne, housing its Medicine and Dentistry departments for first year students. Later, in 1950, it became a migrant center.
The airport experienced a steady growth in passenger traffic from 1960s to early 1990s that the terminal building had already reached its capacity. Thus, in 1994 a new terminal building was opened. Ten years later, in 2004, another expansion of the terminal was undertaken increasing its capacity twice its 1994 size.
The airport has two runways that are both asphalted. The main runway, 09/27, is designed for large aircraft such as an Airbus A320 and has a length of 1,830m. The secondary runway, 18/36, is both shorter and narrower, and measures 1,139m long.
Mildura Airport has a single terminal building with a total floor area of 1,000 square meters. This expanded terminal building is twice the size of the old terminal building built in 1994. Inside the building is a cafe where passengers can have their sumptuous meals and nutritious snacks while waiting for their flights.
Flights and Destinations
Regional airlines like QantasLink, Regional Express, and Virgin Australia all operate several flights daily to Melbourne. Sharp Airlines has a regular connection to Adelaide.
Transport to and from the Airport
The Mildura Airport is accessible only through rented cars. All the major car rental companies like Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Thrifty can be contacted through their respective local websites if you want a prearranged booking. These car rental companies also have their own information desks just across the terminal building.