About this route:

A direct, nonstop flight between Essendon Airport (MEB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and Lajes Air Base (TER), Lajes, Azores, Portugal would travel a Great Circle distance of 11,997 miles (or 19,307 kilometers).

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Departure Airport Information:

IATA / ICAO Codes: MEB / YMEN
Airport Names:
  1. Essendon Airport
  2. Melbourne/Essendon
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
GPS Coordinates: 37°43'41"S by 144°54'6"E
Area Served: Melbourne
Operator/Owner: Zavanti Holdings Pty. Ltd.
Airport Type: Public
Elevation: 282 feet (86 meters)
# of Runways: 2
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Arrival Airport Information:

IATA / ICAO Codes: TER / LPLA
Airport Names:
  1. Lajes Air Base
  2. Base Aérea das Lajes
  3. Base Aérea Nº 4
  4. Aeroporto das Lajes
Location: Lajes, Azores, Portugal
GPS Coordinates: 38°45'42"N by 27°5'26"W
Area Served: Praia da Vitória/Angra do Heroísmo
Operator/Owner: Portuguese Air Force/Autonomous Regional Government of the Azores
Airport Type: Military/Public
Elevation: 180 feet (55 meters)
# of Runways: 1
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Facts about Essendon Airport (MEB):

  • The airfield itself also has undergone a major upgrade with the installation of lighting and signage systems to bring the airport to International Civil Aviation Organization standards.
  • Because of Essendon Airport's relatively low elevation of 282 feet, planes can take off or land at Essendon Airport at a lower air speed than at airports located at a higher elevation. This is because the air density is higher closer to sea level than it would otherwise be at higher elevations.
  • Essendon Airport (MEB) has 2 runways.
  • International flights departed mainly from Sydney during Essendon's years of operation, and there were regular daily flights between the two largest metropolitan areas in Australia.
  • The furthest airport from Essendon Airport (MEB) is Flores Airport (FLW), which is nearly antipodal to Essendon Airport (meaning Essendon Airport is almost on the exact opposite side of the Earth from Flores Airport), and is located 12,192 miles (19,620 kilometers) away in Flores Island, Azores, Portugal.
  • The major passenger airlines using Essendon in the postwar years until scheduled air services were transferred to Tullamarine were Ansett Airlines and Trans Australia Airlines.
  • The closest airport to Essendon Airport (MEB) is Melbourne Airport (MEL), which is located only 5 miles (8 kilometers) NW of MEB.
  • The area of the airport was originally known as St Johns, after an early landowner.
  • In addition to being known as "Essendon Airport", another name for MEB is "Melbourne/Essendon".

Facts about Lajes Air Base (TER):

  • The Portuguese Air Force continues to operate one SAR squadron Esq.
  • Base Aérea das LajesBase Aérea Nº 4Aeroporto das Lajes
  • In addition to being known as "Lajes Air Base", other names for TER include "Base Aérea das Lajes", "Base Aérea Nº 4" and "Aeroporto das Lajes".
  • Because of Lajes Air Base's relatively low elevation of 180 feet, planes can take off or land at Lajes Air Base at a lower air speed than at airports located at a higher elevation. This is because the air density is higher closer to sea level than it would otherwise be at higher elevations.
  • In 2009 Lajes provided rescue support of shipping lanes across the Atlantic, a safe haven for medical or mechanical emergency situations in aircraft crossing the Atlantic, and support for the USAF's continuing campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Lajes Air Base (TER) currently has only 1 runway.
  • The closest airport to Lajes Air Base (TER) is Graciosa Airport (GRW), which is located 55 miles (89 kilometers) WNW of TER.
  • The furthest airport from Lajes Air Base (TER) is Merimbula Airport (MIM), which is nearly antipodal to Lajes Air Base (meaning Lajes Air Base is almost on the exact opposite side of the Earth from Merimbula Airport), and is located 12,229 miles (19,680 kilometers) away in Merimbula, New South Wales, Australia.
  • During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Lajes Field also supported U.S.
  • In August 2006, Portuguese news agencies reported that both governments were in discussions for a new agreement that could allow the use of Lajes for the training of a permanent F-22 Raptor squadron.
  • On 1 December 1943, British and U.S.

Map of Nearest Airports to Essendon Airport:

List of Nearest Airports to Essendon Airport:

RankDistance & DirectionAirport Name & IATA CodeAirport LocationFurther Actions
14.96 miles (7.98 km) NWMelbourne Airport (MEL)Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaView Melbourne Airport on a map Set MEL as origin Airport Set MEL as destination Airport Get more information about Melbourne Airport
220.31 miles (32.68 km) SSEMoorabbin Harry Hawker Airport (MBW)Moorabbin, Victoria, AustraliaView Moorabbin Harry Hawker Airport on a map Set MBW as origin Airport Set MBW as destination Airport Get more information about Moorabbin Harry Hawker Airport
345.38 miles (73.03 km) WSWAvalon Airport (AVV)Avalon, Victoria, AustraliaView Avalon Airport on a map Set AVV as origin Airport Set AVV as destination Airport Get more information about Avalon Airport
446.26 miles (74.45 km) SWGeelong Airport (GEX)Grovedale, Victoria, AustraliaView Geelong Airport on a map Set GEX as origin Airport Set GEX as destination Airport Get more information about Geelong Airport
575.21 miles (121.04 km) NNWBendigo Airport (BXG)Bendigo, Victoria, AustraliaView Bendigo Airport on a map Set BXG as origin Airport Set BXG as destination Airport Get more information about Bendigo Airport
693.75 miles (150.87 km) NNEShepparton Airport (SHT)Shepparton, Victoria, AustraliaView Shepparton Airport on a map Set SHT as origin Airport Set SHT as destination Airport Get more information about Shepparton Airport
7101.53 miles (163.40 km) NEBenalla Airport (BLN)Benalla, Victoria, AustraliaView Benalla Airport on a map Set BLN as origin Airport Set BLN as destination Airport Get more information about Benalla Airport
8108.77 miles (175.05 km) WNWArarat Airport (ARY)Ararat, Victoria, AustraliaView Ararat Airport on a map Set ARY as origin Airport Set ARY as destination Airport Get more information about Ararat Airport
9108.81 miles (175.11 km) NEchuca Airport (ECH)Echuca, Victoria, AustraliaView Echuca Airport on a map Set ECH as origin Airport Set ECH as destination Airport Get more information about Echuca Airport
10139.28 miles (224.15 km) WSWWarrnambool Airport (WMB)Warrnambool, Victoria, AustraliaView Warrnambool Airport on a map Set WMB as origin Airport Set WMB as destination Airport Get more information about Warrnambool Airport
11141.56 miles (227.81 km) ENEMount Hotham Airport (MHU)Mount Hotham, Victoria, AustraliaView Mount Hotham Airport on a map Set MHU as origin Airport Set MHU as destination Airport Get more information about Mount Hotham Airport
12144.37 miles (232.34 km) NECorowa Airport (CWW)Corowa, New South Wales, AustraliaView Corowa Airport on a map Set CWW as origin Airport Set CWW as destination Airport Get more information about Corowa Airport
13145.94 miles (234.86 km) EBairnsdale Aerodrome (BSJ)Bairnsdale, Victoria, AustraliaView Bairnsdale Aerodrome on a map Set BSJ as origin Airport Set BSJ as destination Airport Get more information about Bairnsdale Aerodrome
14146.57 miles (235.88 km) NNWKerang Airport (KRA)Kerang, Victoria, AustraliaView Kerang Airport on a map Set KRA as origin Airport Set KRA as destination Airport Get more information about Kerang Airport
15149.82 miles (241.11 km) NDeniliquin Airport (DNQ)Deniliquin, New South Wales, AustraliaView Deniliquin Airport on a map Set DNQ as origin Airport Set DNQ as destination Airport Get more information about Deniliquin Airport

Map of Furthest Airports from Essendon Airport:

List of Furthest Airports from Essendon Airport:

RankDistance & DirectionAirport Name & IATA CodeAirport LocationFurther Actions
112,191.57 miles (19,620.38 km) WNWFlores Airport (FLW)Flores Island, Azores, PortugalView Flores Airport on a map Set FLW as origin Airport Set FLW as destination Airport Get more information about Flores Airport
212,183.46 miles (19,607.33 km) WNWCorvo Airport (CVU)Corvo Island, Azores, PortugalView Corvo Airport on a map Set CVU as origin Airport Set CVU as destination Airport Get more information about Corvo Airport
312,085.71 miles (19,450.02 km) WHorta International Airport (HOR)Horta, Azores, PortugalView Horta International Airport on a map Set HOR as origin Airport Set HOR as destination Airport Get more information about Horta International Airport
412,070.67 miles (19,425.82 km) WPico Airport (PIX)Pico Island, Azores, PortugalView Pico Airport on a map Set PIX as origin Airport Set PIX as destination Airport Get more information about Pico Airport
512,042.73 miles (19,380.85 km) WNWGraciosa Airport (GRW)Graciosa Island, Azores, PortugalView Graciosa Airport on a map Set GRW as origin Airport Set GRW as destination Airport Get more information about Graciosa Airport
611,996.61 miles (19,306.63 km) WNWLajes Air Base (TER)Lajes, Azores, PortugalView Lajes Air Base on a map Set TER as origin Airport Set TER as destination Airport Get more information about Lajes Air Base
711,923.36 miles (19,188.74 km) WJoão Paulo II Airport (PDL)Ponta Delgada, Azores, PortugalView João Paulo II Airport on a map Set PDL as origin Airport Set PDL as destination Airport Get more information about João Paulo II Airport
811,889.34 miles (19,133.99 km) WSanta Maria Airport (SMA)Santa Maria, PortugalView Santa Maria Airport on a map Set SMA as origin Airport Set SMA as destination Airport Get more information about Santa Maria Airport
911,347.87 miles (18,262.59 km) WNWMadeira Airport (FNC)Funchal, Madeira, PortugalView Madeira Airport on a map Set FNC as origin Airport Set FNC as destination Airport Get more information about Madeira Airport
1011,335.17 miles (18,242.14 km) WNWPorto Santo Airport (PXO)Porto Santo, Madeira, PortugalView Porto Santo Airport on a map Set PXO as origin Airport Set PXO as destination Airport Get more information about Porto Santo Airport
1111,313.73 miles (18,207.64 km) NESt. John's International Airport (YYT)St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CanadaView St. John's International Airport on a map Set YYT as origin Airport Set YYT as destination Airport Get more information about St. John's International Airport
1211,256.05 miles (18,114.82 km) WNWLa Palma Airport (SPC)La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainView La Palma Airport on a map Set SPC as origin Airport Set SPC as destination Airport Get more information about La Palma Airport
1311,204.96 miles (18,032.58 km) WNWLa Gomera Airport (GMZ)Alajeró / San Sebastián, Canary Islands, SpainView La Gomera Airport on a map Set GMZ as origin Airport Set GMZ as destination Airport Get more information about La Gomera Airport
1411,196.86 miles (18,019.56 km) NESaint-Pierre Airport (FSP)Saint-Pierre, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, FranceView Saint-Pierre Airport on a map Set FSP as origin Airport Set FSP as destination Airport Get more information about Saint-Pierre Airport
1511,195.15 miles (18,016.81 km) NEGander International Airport (YQX)Gander, Newfoundland, CanadaView Gander International Airport on a map Set YQX as origin Airport Set YQX as destination Airport Get more information about Gander International Airport

Map of Nearest Airports to Lajes Air Base:

List of Nearest Airports to Lajes Air Base:

RankDistance & DirectionAirport Name & IATA CodeAirport LocationFurther Actions
155.34 miles (89.06 km) WNWGraciosa Airport (GRW)Graciosa Island, Azores, PortugalView Graciosa Airport on a map Set GRW as destination Airport Set GRW as destination Airport Get more information about Graciosa Airport
274.26 miles (119.52 km) WPico Airport (PIX)Pico Island, Azores, PortugalView Pico Airport on a map Set PIX as destination Airport Set PIX as destination Airport Get more information about Pico Airport
389.30 miles (143.72 km) WHorta International Airport (HOR)Horta, Azores, PortugalView Horta International Airport on a map Set HOR as destination Airport Set HOR as destination Airport Get more information about Horta International Airport
4103.34 miles (166.31 km) SEJoão Paulo II Airport (PDL)Ponta Delgada, Azores, PortugalView João Paulo II Airport on a map Set PDL as destination Airport Set PDL as destination Airport Get more information about João Paulo II Airport
5161.94 miles (260.61 km) SESanta Maria Airport (SMA)Santa Maria, PortugalView Santa Maria Airport on a map Set SMA as destination Airport Set SMA as destination Airport Get more information about Santa Maria Airport
6221.92 miles (357.14 km) WNWFlores Airport (FLW)Flores Island, Azores, PortugalView Flores Airport on a map Set FLW as destination Airport Set FLW as destination Airport Get more information about Flores Airport
7224.25 miles (360.89 km) WNWCorvo Airport (CVU)Corvo Island, Azores, PortugalView Corvo Airport on a map Set CVU as destination Airport Set CVU as destination Airport Get more information about Corvo Airport
8713.62 miles (1,148.45 km) ESEMadeira Airport (FNC)Funchal, Madeira, PortugalView Madeira Airport on a map Set FNC as destination Airport Set FNC as destination Airport Get more information about Madeira Airport
9717.45 miles (1,154.63 km) ESEPorto Santo Airport (PXO)Porto Santo, Madeira, PortugalView Porto Santo Airport on a map Set PXO as destination Airport Set PXO as destination Airport Get more information about Porto Santo Airport
10881.17 miles (1,418.10 km) SELa Palma Airport (SPC)La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainView La Palma Airport on a map Set SPC as destination Airport Set SPC as destination Airport Get more information about La Palma Airport
11933.80 miles (1,502.81 km) SELa Gomera Airport (GMZ)Alajeró / San Sebastián, Canary Islands, SpainView La Gomera Airport on a map Set GMZ as destination Airport Set GMZ as destination Airport Get more information about La Gomera Airport
12940.29 miles (1,513.25 km) SETenerife North Airport (TFN)Tenerife, Canary Islands, SpainView Tenerife North Airport on a map Set TFN as destination Airport Set TFN as destination Airport Get more information about Tenerife North Airport
13955.85 miles (1,538.28 km) SETenerife-South Airport (TFS)Tenerife, Canary Islands, SpainView Tenerife-South Airport on a map Set TFS as destination Airport Set TFS as destination Airport Get more information about Tenerife-South Airport
14965.79 miles (1,554.28 km) ELisbon Portela Airport (LIS)Lisbon, PortugalView Lisbon Portela Airport on a map Set LIS as destination Airport Set LIS as destination Airport Get more information about Lisbon Portela Airport
15987.50 miles (1,589.23 km) ENEFrancisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO)Porto, PortugalView Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport on a map Set OPO as destination Airport Set OPO as destination Airport Get more information about Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport

Map of Furthest Airports from Lajes Air Base:

List of Furthest Airports from Lajes Air Base:

RankDistance & DirectionAirport Name & IATA CodeAirport LocationFurther Actions
112,228.65 miles (19,680.05 km) SEMerimbula Airport (MIM)Merimbula, New South Wales, AustraliaView Merimbula Airport on a map Set MIM as destination Airport Set MIM as destination Airport Get more information about Merimbula Airport
212,187.36 miles (19,613.61 km) SEMoruya Airport (MYA)Moruya, New South Wales, AustraliaView Moruya Airport on a map Set MYA as destination Airport Set MYA as destination Airport Get more information about Moruya Airport
312,158.84 miles (19,567.71 km) ESEFlinders Island Airport (FLS)Flinders Island, Tasmania, AustraliaView Flinders Island Airport on a map Set FLS as destination Airport Set FLS as destination Airport Get more information about Flinders Island Airport
412,141.08 miles (19,539.13 km) EBairnsdale Aerodrome (BSJ)Bairnsdale, Victoria, AustraliaView Bairnsdale Aerodrome on a map Set BSJ as destination Airport Set BSJ as destination Airport Get more information about Bairnsdale Aerodrome
512,134.30 miles (19,528.22 km) SESt Helens Airport (HLS)St. Helens, Tasmania, AustraliaView St Helens Airport on a map Set HLS as destination Airport Set HLS as destination Airport Get more information about St Helens Airport
612,123.68 miles (19,511.13 km) SSEIllawarra Regional Airport (WOL)Shellharbour, Wollongong, New South Wales, AustraliaView Illawarra Regional Airport on a map Set WOL as destination Airport Set WOL as destination Airport Get more information about Illawarra Regional Airport
712,122.29 miles (19,508.89 km) SECanberra Airport (CBR)Canberra, AustraliaView Canberra Airport on a map Set CBR as destination Airport Set CBR as destination Airport Get more information about Canberra Airport
812,111.20 miles (19,491.04 km) SEGoulburn Airport (GUL)Goulburn, New South Wales, AustraliaView Goulburn Airport on a map Set GUL as destination Airport Set GUL as destination Airport Get more information about Goulburn Airport
912,110.67 miles (19,490.19 km) ESEMount Hotham Airport (MHU)Mount Hotham, Victoria, AustraliaView Mount Hotham Airport on a map Set MHU as destination Airport Set MHU as destination Airport Get more information about Mount Hotham Airport
1012,108.89 miles (19,487.33 km) ESECorryong Airport (CYG)Corryong, Victoria, AustraliaView Corryong Airport on a map Set CYG as destination Airport Set CYG as destination Airport Get more information about Corryong Airport
1112,090.40 miles (19,457.57 km) SSESydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (SYD)Mascot (near Sydney), AustraliaView Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport on a map Set SYD as destination Airport Set SYD as destination Airport Get more information about Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport
1212,087.95 miles (19,453.62 km) SSECamden Aerodrome (CDU)Camden, New South Wales, AustraliaView Camden Aerodrome on a map Set CDU as destination Airport Set CDU as destination Airport Get more information about Camden Aerodrome
1312,085.94 miles (19,450.39 km) SSEBankstown Airport (BWU)Bankstown (near Sydney), New South Wales, AustraliaView Bankstown Airport on a map Set BWU as destination Airport Set BWU as destination Airport Get more information about Bankstown Airport
1412,079.99 miles (19,440.81 km) SELaunceston Airport (LST)Launceston, Tasmania, AustraliaView Launceston Airport on a map Set LST as destination Airport Set LST as destination Airport Get more information about Launceston Airport
1512,077.64 miles (19,437.02 km) ESEGeorge Town Aerodrome (GEE)George Town, Tasmania, AustraliaView George Town Aerodrome on a map Set GEE as destination Airport Set GEE as destination Airport Get more information about George Town Aerodrome