Victorian Premier John Brumby has announced that the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition will remain at Avalon Airport until at least 2015 after a new agreement was reached with the airport’s operator.
“This agreement with Avalon Airport Australia means that we can continue to grow and improve our event with the knowledge that we have a long term operational base,” said Airshow CEO Ian Honnery.
The growth of Jetstar’s services from Avalon, as well as Tiger Airways’s announcement that it will use the airport as its third base, had raised concerns that the disruptions to the airshow caused by the civil movements could force it to move to another venue.
The next airshow will be held from March 1 to 6 2011 and coincides with the 90th anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force. “The Australian Defence Force, and in particular the Royal Australian Air Force, are our key military stakeholders, so we are thrilled that the 2011 airshow coincides with such a special celebration,” said Honnery.