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Avalon Airport

Avalon Airport
Avalon's control tower and offices
Airport information
Airport typePublic
ServesMelbourne, Geelong
LocationAvalon, Victoria
Elevation11 m (35 ft)
Total passengers1,400,000 (2008 projected)
Aircraft Movements8,362 (2010)

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Avalon Airport is the second busiest of the four airports serving Melbourne (in passenger traffic) and is located in Avalon, Victoria, Australia, which is 15 km (9.3 mi) north-east of the city of Geelong and 50 km (31.1 mi) to the south-west of the state's capital city of Melbourne.

The airport is designed to cater for jet aircraft and comprises a single runway. Avalon is used by Jetstar Airways and Sharp Airlines for scheduled domestic passenger services and as a heavy maintenance facility by Jetstar's parent company, Qantas. Tiger Airways began scheduled passenger services from Avalon in November 2010, however, these flights have now been suspended indefinitely. It is also the site of the biennial Australian International Airshow. Previously, air traffic control was only provided at Avalon on request, but on 16 May 2008 it was announced that regular air traffic control facilities would be provided.

Avalon Airport lies between the You Yangs, Corio Bay and Melbourne Water sewage treatment agistment paddocks. The airport continues to fall under the jurisdiction of the Australian Department of Defence.

The airport had 94,180 passengers for the month January 2011.

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