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Why do they use one runway at Melbourne so much theses days. They say weather, but aircraft are capable of using both the number o& time I have traveled thought. Somthing going on...
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 11 Dec 2017
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Short answer noise abatement, long answer... noise abatement!
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Member since 15 Sep 2012
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Used to work for ATC. Main factor is wind, not only at Tullamarine but wind at Esssendon as well as runways at both need to be paired for safe operations. Basically operates as one airport with 4 runways! North -Soth runway is much longer than east-west so is used by Internationals and bigger aircraft particularly when departing. Rare to have departures of east -west rwy to the east but does happen a couple of times per year! Have seen ocassion where Strong northerly wind at Tullamarine but Essendon had strong southerly change. Made operations at both airports very difficult
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It all depends on wind. If it’s a strong northerly or southerly, which it is a lot of time, the main North-South runway will be used. A lot of the time though, 16/34 is used for landings and heavy takeoffs and 27 is used for takeoffs and some landings. Also, again depending on the wind, it can be 27 takeoffs and landings and 16 takeoffs. The ATC also try’s to use what is the safest and most effi
Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 30 Nov 2015
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In all my years of flying from Tulla I have never had an east departure, nor have I ever seen one when passing by on a drive.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
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Melbourne Airport Runway Development Program.
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Melbourne are experiencing more and more days of northerly winds - meaning Runway 34 is the operating runway due to above 25kt crosswinds for Runway 27. Yes, aircraft are capable of landing/departing in greater winds than this however it is a "general" requirement that above 25kts, crosswind landings will not be mandated (usually due to o/seas carriers).
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