Uses Avalon Airport as it go International
April 22, 2013
April 22, 2013
A second international airport in Victoria is a step closer, following an agreement between Australia and the Philippines.
The memorandum of understanding will allow Australian and Philippine carriers to operate a daily international service between the Philippines and Avalon Airport.
In October last year, the federal government approved changes to Avalon's lease arrangement, allowing it to build an international terminal.
Avalon Airport's chief executive Justin Giddings says more infrastructure is needed for the airport to operate international services.
"There's different screening for international. You can't take liquids through for example. So there are some things that we do need to do," he said.
"But look, (it's) very exciting. It's one of our key goals to become international."
Mr Giddings is hoping the airport can secure agreements with other Asian countries.
"Some of them don't need those air rights decision because we have an open skies agreement with those countries. So they may be the first," he said.
"We're getting a lot closer than what we were 12 months ago."
Geelong Mayor Keith Fagg says the deal will provide a major boost for the city's economy.
"The spin-off benefits we believe for our whole economy and community will be significant, not only in trade in import-export business, but also tourism," he told ABC local radio.
"There are many areas we think this will have a positive impact on our economy."
Mr Fagg says the next step will be to push for a rail link.
"The possibility of Avalon being a low cost international airport for Victoria is really exciting," he said.
"The more the traveller numbers come in through the airport, the more compelling case is for the rail link."