A new international terminal opens on Sunday at Avalon Airport in Victoria, ahead of Air Asia flights to Kuala Lumpur commencing this week.
The hope is that daily flights twice a day to the Malaysian capital will give regional exporters easier access to Asian markets and boost local tourism.
Avalon Airport is located in the suburb of Lara, a 20 minute drive from the regional Victorian town of Geelong and about an hour from Melbourne.
The Malaysian low-budget airline estimates about 500,000 international passengers will pass through the terminal in its first year.
The new terminal, with duty free stores, bar, cafe and state-of-the-art CT cabin baggage screening, has been built with room for more international airlines, which the airport hopes to attract.
“Our mission is to be the best small airport in the world by providing passengers the service they expect of an international airport the best price and greater efficiency,” Avalon Airport chief executive Justin Giddings said.
The total cost of the new facility is $48 million, which was funded with significant contributions from the Commonwealth and state governments.
Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne will officially open the terminal on Sunday.