The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for a third airport to be built near Melbourne.
“It would be a good idea if we had two domestic airports either side of Melbourne,” chamber spokesman Chris James told ABC News. “We’ve already got one at Avalon; we will need one on the south-east as well.”
James said options for a third airport include Tooradin or Tyabb, near Westernport Bay, or West or South Gippsland.
With Melbourne’s population expected to overtake Sydney’s over the next 20 years, the business lobby says Melbourne Airport will become the country’s largest international port, sparking a need for additional domestic capacity elsewhere.
Melbourne Airport last month unveiled plans to have its new T4 domestic terminal opened by 2014 as part of a $300 million expansion.