Avalon aims to be Melbourne's second international airport

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Avalon airport has ambitions to become Melbourne's second international airport after Tullamarine.

It has held discussions with international carriers in regard to adding international operations, says Avalon airport's chief executive Justin Giddings.

Upon securing a customer for international services, Giddings estimates that it would take six months to add facilities to handle international flights.

One carrier that Giddings is pitching to is Singapore's Scoot. He says Avalon is uniquely well-suited for the low-cost carrier to launch a Singapore-Melbourne route, because flying to Avalon would reduce the level of direct competition with Scoot's parent Singapore Airlines.

At present, the only carrier using the airport is Jetstar Airways. Tiger Airways Australia ceased operating to Avalon when it was suspended in 2012 on safety concerns.

Tiger Australia has since resumed services to Melbourne, but from Tullamarine. Giddings is, however, keen to woo Tiger Australia back to Avalon.

Avalon is located near the town of Geelong, an hour's drive from Melbourne.