Airport West is a suburb 11 km north-west of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its local government area is the City of Moonee Valley. At the 2011 Census, Airport West had a population of 6,959.
Bounded by the Calder Freeway to the south, the Tullamarine Freeway to the east, and the Western Ring Road to the north west, Airport West is so named for its position to the west of Essendon Airport, Melbourne’s first general airport now used for light planes, charter and freight since the opening in 1970 of Melbourne Airport, located to the north of the suburb. It offers efficient commute times to the CBD, but also, rural Victoria.
It has the distinction of being the only locality in Australia which does not itself contain an airport to contain the word “Airport.” The suburb has undergone significant development in recent years, and due to its proximity to the city, has attracted substantial residential and business investment. In recent times, the suburb has been subject to significant “urban gentrification” owing to this investment, transforming it from a utilitarian business hub to a desirable residential zone within a tram ride from the city.