In their own right Avalon Airport, Melbourne’s ambitious second airport, and Cebu Pacific, the Philippines second largest long haul flag carrier see themselves joining together as a dream team that can transform aviation in their respective countries.
Their aims, of taking on the air transport establishments of Australia and the Philippines, have come together in Cebu Pacific’s aim to be flying daily to Melbourne ‘very soon’.
Both are powerfully aided by the small minds that want Sydney to turn its back on the world and stay a stagnant one airport town with no room for the forces that represent change and opportunity in the Asia-Pacific hemisphere.
As such they are players in a big story that goes way beyond Avalon Airport realising its obvious potential to compete with Melbourne’s established airport at Tullamarine, and Cebu Pacific claiming as large a slice as it can get of the rapidly growing demand for domestic and international air travel in the Philippines from the longer established Philippine Airlines.
Cebu Pacific is due to start incredibly densely packed A330 flights between the Philippines and the Middle East this October and wants to add Australia to its longer range network before the end of the year. Avalon Airport has long wanted to get regular international flights to seed the expansion that has only slowly and fitfully come from the activities of Jetstar and for a while Tiger Airways.
But Avalon is already an airport. Badgerys Creek, its equivalent in Sydney, is only a site. By the time Badgerys Creek becomes an airport, and the chances of this happening are slowly improving, Cebu Pacific may well be but one of dozens of new and current Asia hemisphere airlines helping transform Victoria’s economy with new sources of business and leisure activity that couldn’t get access to Sydney and certainly weren’t going to wait for a train, fast or slow, to Canberra, to get there.