A word from our CEO, Justin Giddings.
2016 has been a wonderful year for Avalon Airport.
From March direct Jetstar flights to Hobart and Adelaide took off - and have taken off. Travellers are getting their fill of MONA and the Barossa, Dark Mofo and Fringe, AFL and the cricket. Families love the simplicity of accessing each others’ cities and the two new destinations work in beautiful concert with the existing flights to the Gold Coast and Sydney.
We’re pleased that the numbers of Melbourne passengers using Avalon are growing as travellers embrace the ease of experience here.
This year we celebrated twelve years of Jetstar flights from Avalon at a time when we still celebrate their ten year commitment to our airport.
Bipartisan Federal support assisted us to become part of the Regional Package meaning we're better positioned to become an international airport in the future.
Over winter we carried out a runway overlay, replacing and enhancing the existing runway, making our airport future-ready.
Our new industrial precinct was launched by the Victorian Government and Linfox, and shortly after Cotton On was announced as our anchor tenant. This opens opportunities for further development and job growth in the region, and signifies the on-going support of the region by Linfox.
We were pleased to sponsor many groups again this year, including the inaugural Wyndham Learning Festival as well as many sporting clubs in the Geelong and Wyndham regions.
We look forward to the Australian International Airshow in March at Avalon, from which Fly for the Kids will be launched, raising much-needed money for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
We're pleased to host RJ85 and C-130 and their crews again this year. These planes are vital components of Victoria's firefighting aircraft fleet, and we're thankful to have them here over the Summer.
And we finished the year with the fantastic announcement that SkyBus will be running the route between Avalon Airport and Melbourne's CBD from early next year. Each SkyBus | Avalon City Express will offer free wifi, will stop in Werribee, and passengers can take advantage of the fantastic Free City Hotel Shuttle service.
We want to thank you all for your on-going support and look forward to seeing you on your next journey.
CEO, Avalon Airport