JETSTAR’S future at Avalon Airport is in jeopardy, again.
http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au...ve-avalons-worth/story-fnjuhovy-1226957770178Six months after accepting a $5.5 million taxpayer bailout to stay at the airport, Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall this week delivered a use-it-or-lose it message to Geelong, admitting the discount carrier might have less than a year left at Avalon.
In a frank address to Geelong business leaders this week, Mr Hall said Avalon’s sole passenger service would “remain fundamentally unsustainable” unless Geelong travellers backed the company and other carriers were recruited to the airport.
Regardless of whether Melbourne should have a second airport it's pretty clear to me what AVV need to do to survive - entice non-alliance intl LCCs away from MEL (Air Asia, Royal Brunei JQi etc) and try and get new LCCs to come to Melbourne, launching from AVV, not MEL (Scoot, Cebu Pacific etc). People catching LCCs dont need the sort of facilities like lounge access that only the major airports have (nor do they need feeder options as they're not linked to any other airline), and offering very low landing fees would help the LCCs bring their costs down to a point where its cheaper to fly out of AVV than MEL. People connecting on non-linked itineraires would then be forced to used the struggling JQ domestic options.
I don't waiting and hoping that Geelong residents use AVV for MEL-SYD is going to save the airport.
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