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Australia’s newest international airport opens

Melbourne becomes first Aust city to operate two international airports

Ahead of the airport’s first overseas arrival from Kuala Lumpur this week, Avalon Airport has officially launched its new international terminal. 


Formally opened by Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne and Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas, the new $48 million facility promises “simple comfort” for passengers and room to expand for further international operations. 


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As well as offering two duty free stores, tourist-refund facilities, a full bar and cafe, Avalon International will be the first Australian airport to offer intelligent CT cabin baggage screening to international travellers. 


From its position close to Geelong and around 50kms from Melbourne, the new terminal gives overseas visitors easier access to regions like the Great Ocean Road as well as more affordable travel to the Victorian capital. 


Residents of the Geelong area and some Melbourne suburbs should also have better and cheaper access to international travel through the hub. 


“Our mission is to be the best small airport in the world by providing passengers the service they expect of an international airport with the best price and greater efficiency,” Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings said. 


“This terminal has room for expansion, and we look forward to announcing further routes, and to housing further airlines in the future.” 


The international facility’s first airline, AirAsia, estimates around 500,000 passengers will pass through the international terminal over the first 12 months.


“The partnership with AirAsia is a significant moment for not just Avalon Airport, but the entire region,” Linfox Airports Executive Chairman David Fox said.


“These operations will produce a significant boost to jobs in the region, provide new tourism to regional areas, and provide an opportunity for exporters to have quicker and easier access to Asian markets.”


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 3 December 2018

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