AirAsia first international airline to touch down at Avalon

Earlier this month, AirAsia X touched down at Avalon Airport for the first time, launching the first international services to and from Victoria's second airport.

Avalon had already formally launched its new international terminal, which was officially opened by Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Hon John Eren MP, Member for Lara.

AirAsia estimates around 500,000 international passengers will pass through Avalon Airport in its first year of operation.

G21 has been a long-time advocate for Avalon Airport and the introduction of international freight and passenger services, which have the potential to bring huge economic benefits for the region.

Since the new international operations were announced at an industry event at Avalon Airport in February this year, over 63,500 work hours have been spent on construction in the lead up to the inaugural AirAsia flight.

The terminal is state of the art with simple comfort for passengers, and plenty of space to expand once new airlines come on board. It includes two duty free stores, TRS facilities, a full bar and café, and is the first airport in Australia to offer intelligent CT cabin baggage screening to international travellers.

It will provide international passengers with easier access and more affordable travel to Melbourne, Geelong and the Great Ocean Road, adding greatly to the country’s visitor economy, whilst providing easier and affordable access to international travel for people living in Geelong and many suburbs of Melbourne.

The partnership with AirAsia is a significant moment for not just Avalon Airport, but the entire region. 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.

The International terminal cost around $48 million to build, with the Federal Government contributing $20 million.