Reasonable regional airport, considering it is a shared defence facility meaning commercial aviation takes second place.
Excelent parking in the Gold area, 100m walk from parking to Checking, Auto checkin. Security line minimal, Arrival baggage excellent, close to F3 freeway or CBD. Prefered airport compared to Sydney. International travel from from NTL to MEL and all location available, not trip to SYD.
Whilst the airport has undergone a multi million dollar upgrade recently it compromised the needs of the traveller. Parking is ridiculous where you simply can't drop off and pick up passengers at the front of the terminal - even for a total of 10 seconds! As for a disabled traveller, you'd best ensure that they are fit enough to walk a distance of at least 100m in order to pick up or drop off!
As a local novacastrian it is quite disgusting how this airport is run and serviced. Parking is a disgrace. Security harass drop-off and pick-up cars as no facilities are provided within reasonable distance for arriving passangers. The lounges are poorly inadequate, even though recently updated. There is no business lounge facilities!!! When the choice is available I generally shuttle to Sydney rather than deal with the space and baggage restrictions are this airport.