Making flying easy

Avalon is familiar as a name in Arthurian legend or a song by Roxy Music. Managers at an expanding airport in Victoria are working hard to make air travel easier and are hoping the passenger experience will be equally memorable to Australian travellers. Chris Frame reports from Geelong.


Jetstar Airways is currently the only user of the airport, but it will be joined by Air Asia X later this year. ( / Tina Poole)

Geelong is the second-largest conurbation in the state of Victoria. The port city is probably best known today for being home to the formidable Geelong Cats Australian Rules football team, but it was once one of the country’s major manufacturing centres. It usually takes just over an hour to make the drive southwest to the terminal from Melbourne’s central business district, but it is 47 miles (75km) from the capital’s airport Tullamarine (MEL), and the journey between the two can sometimes be tedious.

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