Avalon Airport is the second busiest of the four airports serving Melbourne (in passenger traffic) and is located in Avalon, Victoria, Australia, 50 kilometres (30 mi) south-west of the state capital Melbourne and 15 km (9 mi) north-east of the city of Geelong. The airport is operated by Avalon Airport Australia Pty Ltd (AAA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Fox Group Holdings Pty Ltd and is situated on a 1,754-hectare site, a 40-minute drive from Melbourne's Central Business District and 20 minutes from Geelong.
The airport's location between Melbourne and Geelong makes it both a capital city airport and a regional airport, servicing a large regional catchment in western Victoria and providing connections to tourism destinations such as the Great Ocean Road. Since Linfox Group's purchase of the airport in 1997, Avalon Airport's aviation operations have grown significantly as it has established itself as a second gateway to the Melbourne and Geelong regions. Today, the airport contains land and facilities that are surplus to current and projected aviation requirements. This provides the opportunity to pursue property development projects for a wider range of activities, which support Avalon Airport's growth as an airport and as a major employment centre for the region. The airport has a single runway in addition to a helipad.
Avalon is currently served by passenger airline Jetstar Airways, which began domestic flights in 2004. AirAsia will begin direct flights between Avalon Airport and Kuala Lumpur at the end of 2018. The airport is the site of the biennial Australian International Airshow.
Unlike Melbourne Airport, Avalon Airport is not governed by the Commonwealth Airports Act; in early 1997, Linfox purchased Avalon Airport from the Commonwealth.