New Melbourne Gateway

The Australian Federal Government has approved plans for a new international gateway in Melbourne.  Changes to Avalon Airport’s lease will enable it to build a AU$15 million (US$15.7m) international terminal which will serve as a second gateway.  Avalon, which is 34 miles (55km) southwest of Melbourne is also due to benefit from a Victoria Government pledge to add a rail link from the city.
The airport’s CEO Justin Giddings said: “This decision cements Avalon’s future as Victoria’s second major domestic and new international airport.  With this decision, we can now get on with the job of securing an international carrier and building international passenger facilities with just a local building permit required.”