Avalon Airport airport and AirAsia will announce this weekend that the airline will move its twice daily return service between Tullamarine and Kuala Lumpur to Avalon. The move would create a second international airport in Victoria.
This has been a long time coming for Avalon Airport where the owners had high hopes of creating a competitive alternative to Melbourne’s Tullamarine but failed to take off over the years to develop the airport beyond its domestic Jetstar services. Having used the airport numerous times and keeping in mind the expanding population of Geelong down the road, this is really a no brainer and a great win for the area.
Whilst the announcement will be the easiest part when it is signed and sealed on Sunday, there is a lot of work to be done especially if the airport wants to start operating AirAsia aircraft by years end. The airport which only caters domestic flights would need to not only build an international terminal but also secure the services of immigration, quarantine and Border Force agencies.
The move follows an amendment by the federal government on Avalon’s lease in 2015 to allow it to build an international terminal and/or expand the existing terminal to accommodate international operations.
Operating since 2014, the airport currently averages 500,000 passengers a year but is anticipated to swell to 7.25 million a year by 2031. In my opinion with these figures in mind, there is no time like the present to get on building and create the Avalon Airport that owners envisioned years ago.
Are you excited by the news of AirAsia flying out of Avalon and if so would you use them for your next international flight?