Check In

Travelling through Essendon Fields Airport is as straightfoward and simple as can be. Our heritage terminal has recently undergone a major refurbishment to meet the needs of the modern traveller, with improved seating and passenger facilities.


Open Monday – Friday from 5:30am to 8:00pm

Open Saturday from 5:30am to 10:30am

Open Sunday from 9:00am to 10:00pm


A range of coffee and food options can be found in Essendon Fields Central, located directly across from the main terminal building. Options for a quick snack before your flight include Hollies Café, Nando’s and Subway. Essendon Fields Central is also home to Coles, Australia Post, a newsagency, pharmacy, printer and other speciality stores. A few metres further is LaManna Supermarket, one of Australia’s best destination supermarkets that also incorporates a café, bakery, patisserie and deli.


When arriving at the check-in counter, you will be prompted by airline staff to declare any hazardous items in your carry-on and check-in luggage. Hazardous items include sharp, flammable items and dangerous goods. Typical items that fall under dangerous goods include:

  1. Flammable liquids such as cigarette lighters
  2. Pressurised gas cylinders such as aerosols, including deodorant, shaving cream and hair spray; and
  3. Strong acids such as batteries

Items classified as hazardous may be subject to specific conditions or even restricted from entering the aircraft. Please visit for more information or contact your airline for more information.


If your checked baggage is damaged or lost please proceed to the airlines check in counter for assistance prior to leaving the airport. For lost property at Essendon Fields Airport, please contact Essendon Fields HQ reception on (03) 9948 9400 or email


Please refer to your local airline for information on transporting your pets.


Security screening is not required so terminal processing is super-friendly and extremely quick; no queues and you’ll experience no-frills regional style terminal check in with significant time savings for checked baggage.