Victoria has moved a step closer to a second international airport with a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Australia and the Philippines securing the rights for international flights to Avalon.
The new MOU will allow Australian and Philippine carriers to operate a direct daily service between the Philippines and Avalon Airport.
“An international airport for Avalon has been on the community’s wish list as far back as 1997. It was a key election commitment of this Federal Labor Government and I look forward to seeing the first international flight touch down at Avalon Airport,” Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said.
“This is a huge win for trade and tourism and for Geelong and Victoria. A second international airport will bring more visitors, jobs and economic growth to the region.”
Member for Corio Richard Marles and Member for Corangamite Darren Cheeseman welcomed the signing of the MOU.
“Our region is home to some of Australia’s best tourism assets including the Great Ocean Road and the Surf Coast. Direct international services will bring visitors right to our doorstep,” Mr Marles said.
“This is a truly historic day for our region. Avalon Airport is at the heart of Geelong’s transport industry future. An international airport at Avalon will generate major employment opportunities from the terminal to the tarmac,” Mr Cheeseman said.
In October last year, the Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, gave final approval for changes to Avalon’s lease arrangement – allowing Avalon to construct a purpose built international terminal.