Melbourne airport, otherwise known as Tullamarine airport, is cozy. Compared to its relative, the Sydney International, Melbourne’s cozy and comfortable.
Its less crowded, shorter queues, less stressful and I find, more friendly. Well, even the immigration, emigration and custom officers have a sense of humour. And that, is something which has been severely eroded around the world because of heightened security. The first face a visitor has to see need not be a grumpy one, but in Melbourne, it has always been a smile, a few short questions and one is off.
What I have found lacking, are shops and seats. It would be nice to have a larger variety of shops, and more comfortable seats, both inside and outside the departure lounges. But one can’t have everything, especially if Melbourne is to maintain its coziness.
Free wireless internet would be nice too, allowing me to surf to my heart’s content while waiting for a flight.
Foodwise, I can not complain. I mean, it will be unfair to compare it to, say, Singapore airport with its large variety of cafes and restaurants. But for its capacity, it is doing well. McDonalds is always filled to capacity and I usually have difficulty finding seats at the other cafes. Maybe a larger food court will be nice too, with more comfy seats.
The domestic sections has been greatly improved, well, at least the Qantas side. Its all white, shiny and very clean.
I have yet to experience any delays at Melbourne airport. Maybe I have been lucky, but I like to think its just a nice airport.