Jetstar mulls cutting Avalon services

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Jetstar could axe flights to Victoria’s Avalon airport as part of a wider review of its domestic network.

A spokesman for the carrier says that the future of services to Avalon are being examined as part of its continual network review process. He adds that its Avalon flights "have been underperforming for quite some time”.

“We are continuing to monitor the performance of our Avalon routes and are yet to make a decision on the future of these services,” the spokesman says.

Jetstar flies once daily to Brisbane and four times daily to Sydney from Avalon, Innovata schedules show. These are the only major airline services to the airport, located west of Melbourne.

According to media reports, the Victorian state government has put forward a package of incentives for the carrier to retain the flights, which are seen as important to the region's tourism industry.

Jetstar’s parent airline, Qantas, announced in November that it would close its heavy maintenance facility at Avalon in March 2014.

The budget carrier began flying from Avalon in 2004, using it as a secondary gateway to Melbourne. It has, however, been scaling back its presence there in recent years, and instead growing its operations at Melbourne’s main airport, Tullamarine.

Tigerair Australia started flights to Avalon in 2010, but has not yet returned there since a temporary grounding on the carrier was lifted in August 2011.