TWICE daily flights between Avalon Airport and Kuala Lumpur are expected to boost Victoria’s agricultural exports, the state government says.
Over the weekend it was announced the state would get a second, curfew-free international airport, helping boost international exports as well as the movement of people.
Industry minister Ben Carroll joined tourism minister John Eren to announce Air Asia would fly twice daily between Avalon and the Malaysian capital, with flights expected by the end of 2018.
The new international terminal (a domestic terminal is already fully functional) is expected to be capable of exporting 14 tonnes of Victorian fresh produce a day.
Mr Carroll said the project would open new opportunities for ex-auto workers.
Regional Development minister Jaala Pulford said the announcement was a big day for Avalon and regional Victoria.
“We’re proud to support this project that will bring more international visitors to our state and see more quality produce exported to the world stage,” she said.