THE Victorian Government this week said it has guaranteed the future of Avalon Airport after signing an agreement with Jetstar that secures operations for the next ten years and expands passenger services.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Industry, Lily D'Ambrosio, visited Avalon Airport on Monday to announce the partnership that is expected to save up to 200 jobs and prevent the airport from ceasing passenger services.
The previous Coalition Government's 18 month stop-gap deal was set to wind down at the end of this month, ending passenger services at Avalon.
According to the government, this week's agreement marks a new partnership with Jetstar that will secure the future of Avalon and its workers for the next decade, and see the airline increase operations and expand to new routes to grow patronage.
As part of the agreement, over the next 18 months, Jetstar will increase the number of flights from five to seven per day and fly to two new domestic destinations.
This will lay the groundwork for a potential future expansion that will cement Avalon Airport as Victoria's second major passenger airport, including with future international carriers.
Avalon is a gateway to popular tourist destinations such as the Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine Peninsula. One-third of all arrivals in to Avalon are tourists and the extra services will see about 700 additional visitors per week arrive in the region.