Avalon Airport chief executive Justin Giddings has raised the idea that his airport could be one of just a handful to accept flights from New Zealand as flying slowly begins to resume.
“It would be a far easier experience to manage, a far less risky environment,” he told The Herald Sun.
The intriguing prospect comes weeks after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a three-step plan for opening up Australia, with the potential for trans-Tasman flights in July.
Avalon serves both Melbourne and Geelong, and Giddings said his plan would allow the business to return check-in staff and baggage handlers to work.
“People will be itching to travel back and forth,” he said.
In an earlier interview with the Geelong Advertiser this week, the chief executive was confident the nation would recover from the pandemic, despite it being “an absolute headache”.
“On the whole Avalon is doing really well, we are redeploying staff,” Giddings said.
Previously, Australian Aviation has reported how the ambitious airport has introduced ‘touchless’ check-in and bag drop kiosks to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus.
Passengers will be able to control an on-screen cursor by moving their head, and cameras will certify passports when they’re held up to a sensor, rather than physically inserted.
The news is in addition to non-contact temperature, respiratory and heart rate technology developed by the same business, Elenium.