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Magazines : Our Place - Geelong Region Magazine 2011
"All of a sudden we will have a rail link directly into the terminal. It will bring tremendous growth as it is something Tullamarine hasn't got.'' State Government with works to begin in the next 12 months. When it does happen it will take fuel trucks off the busy Princes Fwy and slash the cost of bringing planes in and out of the airport. ere is speculation it could become one of the most cost effective airports to operate in Australia due to the simple five kilometre pipeline. He says Avalon has already done the hard yards in increasing fuel storage capacity from 500,000 litres to 1.5 million litres. Justin says the pipeline is the key in attracting international carriers to the airport. " is gives them value for money, it is so expensive at the moment as the fuel has to be piped from Melbourne. e CEO is buoyant about the prospect of attracting an international carrier once issues such as customs are taken care of for the licence to become an international airport. He says this would also boost the prospects of Avalon as a freight hub for Victoria. "Seventy per cent of freight comes in the belly of passenger planes so we need those passenger ser vices. But we have the ability to do this. "We do about 30 air freight movements a year at the moment. We would love to get to 100 or 150, he says. Justin, who came on board at Avalon in December 2008, thinks the airport can stand on some pretty fine achievements. It has two carriers -- Jetstar and Tiger. It has the Avalon International Airshow secured until 2025. It has secured operations of its air traffic control tower so as to guide in more flights. And aircraft capacity has increased from two bays to six. But Justin Giddings isn t resting. While 1.3 million people use the terminal every year he wants it to leap to 4.5 million in ten years. " is is becoming a great aviation hub for the world. -- Jeff Whalley Avalon Airport's CEO Justin Giddings, pictured with Premier Ted Bailleu, would like to see the number of people who use the terminal each year leap from 1.3 million to 4.5 million in ten years. Our Place - the Geelong Region Magazine 41
Breakaway Autumn 2011