The new international Airport at Avalon will not only create more than 200 jobs and increase international visitor numbers, but also be capable of exporting 14 tonnes of Victorian fresh produce every day.
According to the Victorian Government, the change will help cement Victoria’s position as the nation’s food and fibre export hub.
Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll joined Minister for Tourism and Member for Lara John Eren to announce Air Asia will fly twice daily between Avalon and Kuala Lumpur, with flights expected by the end of 2018.
The project will see up to 220,000 international passengers land in Avalon each year, opening up Geelong and the Great Ocean Road to even more international visitors.
This project will have significant economic and social benefits for regional Victoria through increased tourism, new employment opportunities, and improved access to international flights.
The Labor Government has been steadfast in its support for Avalon – helping secure Jetstar’s future at the airport and investing $1.5 million in infrastructure works at the new industrial precinct, which will eventually be home to 750 new jobs, including Cotton On Group’s purpose-built distribution centre.
“This is a big day for Avalon and a game changer for regional Victoria. We’re proud to support this project that will bring more international visitors to our state and see more quality produce exported to the world stage,” said Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford.