Fox still keen on international air freight hub

Fox family gearing up to re-apply for planning approval for proposed international airport in Avalon

By Samantha Freestone

The Fox family is gearing up to re-apply for state and federal planning approval for their proposed international airport in Avalon "in the next few months".

Managing Director of Avalon Airport David Fox spoke to ATN confirming the family will soon re-apply after ironing out issues with state and federal bodies, which cited issues including quarantine and security.

"There is a lot of exciting things happening but what the State Government decides to do with it all is anyone’s guess," Fox says.

With prospect of a second international gateway in Melbourne competition issues arise with Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport, although Fox says "to be honest I don’t even know whether they are looking at it".

But Fox does suggest a wholly Australian-managed airport would focus on the best interests of the country.

"At Qantas [for example] they turn over their senior executives every three or four years and in that I don’t think they looking after the best interests of the Australian public," he says.

Fox also reveals the family is in negotiation on a partnership with a Chinese company, but did not elaborate on the subject.

"We’re in talks with China at the moment ... but we have a another 88, 87 years on our lease at Avalon so my children and my children’s children will still be involved with the airport then. We are in no hurry," he says.

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