Australia to develop Avalon into international airport

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Australia's Avalon airport has received governmental approval to be developed into an international airport.

This will make it the second international airport serving Melbourne, Victoria, after Tullamarine.

The government has amended Avalon airport's lease to allow the construction of a new international terminal and will develop the airport to attract international services.

Moreover, the government has committed A$50 million ($51.1 million) to the design, planning, land acquisition and preliminary construction works for a rail link to Avalon airport.

It will invest A$3 million to develop a fuel-line to pipe aviation fuel from Shell Geelong directly to the airport.

This approval comes amid an ongoing debate over the expansion of the existing airport at Sydney and whether the city needs a second airport.

Aviation minister Gordon Rich-Phillips says: "The development of Avalon airport is a priority project for the coalition government because we see it as a major regional economic development initiative for Wyndham, greater Geelong and western Victoria.

"It's also a great economic advantage for Victoria, because it means we will have two major international, curfew-free airports in the state paving the way for more competition in the state's aviation industry and boosting tourism access to western Victoria."