The nice thing about catching a flight from Avalon Airport is its smallness. It is easy to park there and just walk to the terminal. The parking is cheap too, or was.
Is it owned by LinFox? They are certainly a major shareholder. It is interesting to note that the State Government is proceeding with its intent to build a railway line to Avalon. I assume it would be a spur line from the Geelong line, so it would not cost too much to build. A few new trains and staffing, not too much. If it was slotted in between Geelong trains and stopped at Werribee, it could alleviate overcrowding on Geelong train services.
But why is the government so focused on building a train line to Avalon when we so desperately need one to Melbourne Airport at Tullamarine?
It is extraordinary that a city getting on for five million people does not have a train service to its major international airport. It is only the seriously rich who are satisfied with Melbourne Airport.
Some of us get taxis to the airport, at a high cost. Taxi drivers rip off international tourists on a regular basis.
I believe you can catch the bus that circles Melbourne's perimeter but it dumps you in the middle of nowhere near the airport entrance.
Regular airport buses run from Southern Cross Station to the airport. The price is high, they are crowded and inconvenient and get caught in freeway traffic jams. I may be wrong, but I am not sure that they service late night flights.
Drive your car and park? The parking price is very high. The carpark is a long way from the airport, and so you need to use the very unreliable courtesy bus. I personally know of people who have allowed plenty of time, yet missed their flight because of the unreliability of the car park bus.
We should have a train to catch to the airport and it should be part of our public transport system and not charge absurd prices like Sydney's and Brisbane's airport trains charge.
I am getting extremely wearied by investigations, planning and feasibility studies. Just build the damn thing as part of the public transport system and people will flock to it.
Ah, but what about taxi owners? What about the airport bus shareholders? What about City Link (the motorway) shareholders? What about the privately run airport that charges huge parking fees?
Oh, do they vote Liberal and have influence?
It would be funny, except that the supposed public transport friendly Labor Party had been in office for umpteen years and had the opportunity to do it. Oh again, the Labor Party is under the influence of private company shareholders too.