Avalon Airport becomes Australia's newest International Airport
Avalon Airport today formally launched its new international terminal ahead of AirAsia flights commencing this week.
The new international terminal was officially opened by Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Hon John Eren MP, Member for Lara.
AirAsia estimates around 500,000 international passengers will pass through Avalon Airport in the first year of operation.
The new international operations were announced at an industry event at Avalon Airport in February this year, with the then Treasurer the Hon Scott Morrison MP turning the first sod on the 12th of May. Since that time over 63,500 work hours have been spent on construction in the lead up to the 5 December inaugural AirAsia flight.
“One of the most important considerations for a build of this nature is getting the design and design intent correct in the first instance,” said Project Manager, Qanstruct’s Trent Franks.
The design consultants formed a broad base of expertise, from architects to structural and services engineers; from security to acoustics experts.
The terminal is state of the art with simple comfort for passengers, and plenty of space to expand once new airlines come on board. It includes two duty free stores, TRS facilities, a full bar and café, and is the first airport in Australia to offer intelligent CT cabin baggage screening to international travellers.
It will provide international passengers with easier access and more affordable travel to Melbourne, Geelong and the Great Ocean Road, adding greatly to the country’s visitor economy, whilst providing easier and affordable access to international travel for people living in Geelong and many suburbs of Melbourne.
“Our mission is to be the best small airport in the world by providing passengers the service they expect of an international airport with the best price and greater efficiency,” said Avalon Airport CEO, Justin Giddings. “This terminal has room for expansion, and we look forward to announcing further routes, and to housing further airlines in the future.”
“The partnership with AirAsia is a significant moment for not just Avalon Airport, but the entire region. These operations will produce a significant boost to jobs in the region, provide new tourism to regional areas, and provide an opportunity for exporters to have quicker and easier access to Asian markets,” said Linfox Airports Executive Chairman David Fox.
FACTS AND FIGURES
• 1100 workers were inducted to work on the site
• 126 different subcontractors were engaged
• Building floor area: 6,370sqm with a 985sqm mezzanine
• 364 ton of steel
• 3000m3 of concrete
• 3800 meters of cable tray
• 55000 meters of communications cable
• 30000 meters of power cable
• 1500 meters of in slab hearing loops
• 350m meters of optic fibre
The total cost of the build amounts to around $48 million, with considerable contributions made by the Commonwealth Government of $20 million, and the Victorian Government.
The following images were taken by Bernard Martin: