News | 15-05-2015 Free Spirit Airlines Launches New Service to Burnie/Wynyard
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Aviation is at the heart of what we do at Essendon Fields. Without aviation no landside (non-aviation) development would be possible. That’s how the airport lease with the Commonwealth works; the majority of Essendon Fields is dedicated to aviation uses, with the remaining land being developed consistent with the site’s use as an airport.
Essendon Fields recognises that a strong heart is vital for general health. As such, significant funds have been invested into the Essendon Airport infrastructure over the past decade and this will continue into the future. 2015 alone will see $20 million invested; $8million for a major overlay of the East-West runway that will significantly enhance the safety and operation of flights in and out of the airport and a further $12 million is being invested with construction shortly beginning on two new state-of-the-art aircraft hangars at the airport’s Hart Precinct enhancing Essendon Airport’s reputation as Australia’s premier corporate jet hub.
This is the most significant privately funded investment at a non-capital city airport in more than a decade and demonstrates a real commitment to the future of Essendon as a viable airport.
Essendon Airport’s vision is to create a world class domestic and international corporate jet airport. Quick airside access, on-site customs and quarantine services and close proximity to Melbourne CBD makes Essendon Airport an ideal Private Jet FBO location.
Essendon Airport is working to be known as Australia’s Number 1 regional airport.
Warrnambool, Portland and Flinders Island routes are operated by Sharp Airlines. Par Avion services Griffith and Free Spirit Airlines services Burnie/Wynyard. Essendon Airport is extremely proud of its important role in connecting the regions with Melbourne.
Essendon Airport is a critical hub for emergency services with over 8,000 incidents per year being attended by Air Ambulance and the Police Air wing. The proximity to Melbourne’s major hospital is a real factor when it comes to the work done here. Air Ambulance now has 5 rotary, 4 fixed wing and 69 staff. Other emergency services include Aero Rescue, The Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Erickson Air Crane Helicopters.
At Essendon Airport, you don’t need to own or fly in a corporate jet to be treated like a rock star. Everyone can Fly Like A VIP.
Essendon Airport has brought the local community along on the journey of transforming Essendon Airport into a successful commercial hub happily co-existing with an airport. The Airport works closely with the Community Airport Consultative Group (CACG) to develop a greater understanding of community concerns and to ensure the community is better informed of impacts of operation and development. Essendon Airport has been extremely heartened by the shift in Moonee Valley City Council’s attitude to the airport, which in 2013, moved from a position of recommending the closure of the airport to working closely with us during our 99 year lease.
Underpinning everything we do at Essendon Airport is our commitment to Safety. Essendon Airport has a strong safety record with no incidents since privatisation in 2001.