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Essendon Airport to be Renamed as Part of Major Upgrade

Essendon Airport – the area’s smaller private airport used for regional flights and corporate jets – is getting a much-needed upgrade. Recently announced in November 2017, the major upgrade includes several major changes to the airport terminal and even comes with a name change.

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What to Expect with the New Upgrade

The planned upgrade for Essendon Airport is more than just slapping on a new coat of paint and switching out some furniture. It is a complete revamp of the existing terminal with some added additions that passengers will be sure to love.

The major upgrade will start with a complete facelift of the existing terminal. The facelift will include new flooring, panelling and seats, but that isn’t all. There are a few new additions that will bring the terminal at this airport into the modern era.

New additions that will be added to the terminal include a new check-in area for passengers, passenger screening area and a brand new cafe that will serve tasty treats and drinks.

After all the upgrades have been completed, it is estimated that the new terminal will be able to handle close to 200,000 passengers a year.

The New Name for the Airport

Essendon Airport has seen its fair share of name changes. The new name for the airport will be its fifth incarnation since it opened in 1919. Previous names for the airport include St. John’s Airfield, Essendon Aerodrome, Melbourne Airport and of course, Essendon Airport.

When the new, upgraded airport is unveiled, it will be called Essendon Fields.

Some Fun Facts about the New Essendon Fields Airport

Over a year ago, we published a blog that explored the history of Melbourne International Airport. It was such a hit that we decided to provide some fun facts about the history of Essendon Fields Airport.

Some facts about Essendon Fields Airport:

  • Essendon Airport currently provides over 6,000 jobs to the community. That is a dramatic increase from 2001 when they only provided 500 jobs.
  • Essendon Airport was used as the main international airport for the area, but as demand grew for more flights a larger airport was built and it was turned into a private airport.
  • Essendon Airport has welcomed some major celebrities from all over the world including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Cliff Richard, Roy Orbison and even the Queen.
  • Essendon Airport is used mostly by emergency service vehicles. However, private jets and regional flights also fly into and out of the airport.
  • There is a current curfew that prevents flights from landing between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. This allows nearby residents to not be disturbed by excessive noise during the night. The ban will be lifted when the new airport upgrade is finished.

It will take over a year to complete the $3 million upgrade to Essendon Airport. When it is done, it should be exciting to see how both the aviation industry and the community surrounding the airport grows and thrives with the new upgrade.

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