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Melbourne Is Getting a Second International Airport

Avalon is expected to welcome international flights from the end of this year.
By Sarah Ward
February 04, 2018
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Melbourne Is Getting a Second International Airport

Avalon is expected to welcome international flights from the end of this year.
By Sarah Ward
February 04, 2018
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Melbourne is about to boast not one but two international airports, with Avalon welcoming Air Asia flights from the end of 2018. In good news for travellers, a new curfew-free terminal will be built — and is expected to service 220,000 international passengers each year.

Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll and Minister for Tourism John Eren announced that twice-daily flights will begin between Avalon and Kuala Lumpur, in the latest expansion of Avalon's capabilities. The Victorian Government has invested $1.5 million in infrastructure works at the airport, including ensuring that Jetstar will continue to operate at the site 55 kilometres outside of the city.

The move, which comes after the Federal Government amended Avalon's lease to allow a new terminal back in 2015, is expected to open up Geelong and the Great Ocean Road to a greater number of international tourists.

"We're so proud to have secured the first ever international service for Avalon — attracting thousands more visitors and bringing more business to our region," said Eren.

Published on February 04, 2018 by Sarah Ward

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