RadarBox: Melbourne Airport Movements Increase By Over 140%

Phil Vabre (GFDL or GFDL ), via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – According to data from RadarBox.com, movement statistics at Melbourne Airport have increased by over 140%.

The airport is experiencing substantial growth and has done more recently over the last couple of weeks as the weather begins to get hotter, causing internal holidays.

Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…

The Numbers…

For this week, the airport will handle 622 movements based on a seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking company.

This represents a substantial increase of 142.02% compared to the same period last year when 257 movements were handled.

Such an increase is representative of the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions within Australia, encouraging airlines to return to the airport.

This means that the airport is only 58 movements away from achieving pre-pandemic levels, which is definitely a step in the right direction.

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data from the airport:

Date2019 Numbers2021 Numbers2022 NumbersPercentage Difference (2022 vs. 2021)
October 29-November 5671 movements149 movements589 movements+295.30%
November 5-12691 movements171 movements587 movements+243.27%
November 12-19690 movements199 movements584 movements+193.47%
November 19-26697 movements230 movements586 movements+154.78%

What you can see from the last four weeks’ worth of data is that the airport has been experiencing triple-digit percentage growth, but this has been decreasing as time has gone on.

2022 Master Plan Will Enhance Numbers Further…

Australia’s Melbourne Airport (formerly Tullamarine Airport) has welcomed the approval of its 2022 Master Plan by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, and Local Government.

This will no doubt help the airport accept more movements as time goes on, especially when the project is completed too.

The 2022 Master Plan is a high-level, strategic document that will help guide the development of the airport precinct for the next 20 years and beyond.

The Airport, servicing the capital city of the eastern Australian state of Victoria, is a key international gateway to the country, and the Master Plan, together with current runway maintenance works, is set to take the airport into the next two decades.

Consistent with previous Melbourne Airport Master Plans, the 2022 Master Plan safeguards for an ultimate four-runway layout but changes the order in which new runways will be built.

The 2022 Master Plan confirms Melbourne Airport’s third runway being built in a north-south direction, with safeguarding for a fourth runway in an east-west direction in what’s known as the “hashtag configuration”.

Melbourne Airport now plans to submit its proposal to build the third runway to the Commonwealth for consideration early in the new year.


It remains clear that Melbourne Airport is on its way to some significant successes going into the next few years.

As the Master Plan continues to develop and convert into completion, we should expect to see numbers on the movement front increase with that.

For now, all eyes will be on Melbourne Airport to see what else they have in store for future operations and whether it could once again become a significant player in Australian aviation.

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