Victoria will host a second, curfew-free international airport at Avalon which will create more than 200 jobs, grow exports and boosting the visitor economy.

Air Asia has announced that it will fly twice daily between Avalon and Kuala Lumpur, with flights expected by the end of 2018.

The move will see 220,000 international passengers arrive in Avalon each year, opening up Geelong and the Great Ocean Road to more international visitors.

Construction of the terminal will create an additional 33 jobs and, once complete,  will be capable of exporting 14 tonnes of Victorian fresh produce every day – underlining Victoria’s reputation as the nation’s food  and fibre export hub.

The Victorian Government has invested  A$1.5 million in infrastructure  at the new industrial precinct which will eventually create up to 750 new jobs, including Cotton On Group’s purpose-built distribution centre.

The government has supported Jetstar in its desire to remain at Avalon and will continue to support the Australian International Airshow at Avalon, which attracts 200,000 visitors to the region.