Australia’s Avalon Airport is set to begin international flight operations with Air Asia by the end of this year, flying to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia twice a day.
The development will enable Victoria to house a second, curfew-free international airport in the country and help create more than 200 jobs.
Avalon Airport is expected to see up to 220,000 international passengers annually and eventually support the growth of Geelong and Great Ocean Road.
Construction of the airport’s international terminal is anticipated to create 33 new jobs.
When completed, the terminal will be able to export 14t of Victorian fresh produce every day in an effort to strengthen the state’s position as an exporter of food.
Victoria Industry and Employment Minister Ben Carroll said: “We will always put local jobs first.
“That means working with Avalon Airport to create new jobs and open up new opportunities for ex-auto workers.”
In addition, the Government of Victoria is set to invest A$1.5m ($1.1m) in infrastructure at a new industrial precinct at Avalon airport, which has only been used by Australian budget airline Jetstar.
The fund is expected to bring 750 new jobs in the region and will support the construction of Cotton On Group’s purpose-built distribution centre.