08.10.2019Avalon Airport: Ensuring growth continues in Victoria’s West

On Tuesday 8 October, Justin Giddings, CEO of Avalon Airport presented a keynote on “What needs to happen to ensure growth at Avalon continues”.

This event was hosted by CFM member  Woods Bagot and Partner Bronwyn McColl provided a welcome and overview of international airport projects undertaken by Woods Bagot across the world, highlighting the rapid pace of change in the aviation industry.

In December 2018, Avalon Airport became Australia’s newest International Airport; welcoming visitors from the region through Air Asia X, which now offers double daily return services via Kuala Lumpur. This signified a pivotal moment for Western Victoria, and the state more broadly, as it seeks broader and deeper engagement with burgeoning Asia.

Servicing one of Australia’s fastest growing regions, and on the doorstep of what will soon become Australia’s largest city, the growth of Avalon Airport will have far-reaching implications on all facets of Victorian life. It will impact transport and land-use planning, trade, tourism, as well as the need to be diligent in preserving the region’s natural beauty.

The forum explored “What needs to happen to ensure growth at Avalon continues”

Discussions included;

– Air Asia X’s regional impact and future airline negotiations

– Connectivity proposals with mass transit and the important role of Skybus

– Enhanced connectivity with Melbourne Airport as Victoria now services 27 International Airlines

– Avalon Airport’s ambitions out to 2030 and role in an integrated transport, Tourism  and land-use plan for Victoria

– The national Aviation agenda as Sydney prepares to open its second international Airport.

This was an important conversation as part of the Committee’s Integrated Transport Taskforce, which aims to foster a greater understanding of Melbourne’s transport challenges, identify key priorities for action, and advocate for change.

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