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Melbourne Airport - CAPA Low Cost Airport of the Year

Oct 29, 2009

Melbourne Airport has been named the "Low Cost Airport of the Year" by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).

Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said "We are exceptionally proud to receive this award. We work closely with our airlines to keep our costs low for better results - for airlines, for business and of course for passengers flying in and out of Melbourne."

"The results of our efforts can be seen in the growth of low cost carriers such as Air Asia X who began thrice weekly services in November 2008 and have now announced they will be flying 12 times a week in and out of Melbourne. Jetstar have also recently announced an increase over summer on the Melbourne - Bali route and Viva Macau will be launching twice weekly services for the first time in early December to Macau."

"Also in December, coinciding with the opening of the first stage of our international terminal expansion, Qatar Airways will make their debut in the Melbourne market and V Australia will launch services to Phuket and Los Angeles.

In the domestic market, low cost carriers Tiger Airways and Jetstar are based at Melbourne Airport and are performing strongly, with both recently launching Melbourne - Sydney services.

"We have worked hard to make Melbourne as attractive as possible to the airline market by working to keep costs low and maximising key advantages such as our single terminal precinct and curfew free operations" he said.

Whilst this is great recognition of our efforts so far, and testament to the strength of Victoria as a destination, Melbourne Airport will continue working hard to provide excellent service to our airlines as the premium low-cost airport in the Asia Pacific region.

Award background: 
Established in 1990, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation is a leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence, covering worldwide developments, analysis and data services. The Centre's analytical reports and industry news enable senior executives to stay ahead of trends and developments in this fast changing, complex and dynamic industry.

The awards are determined through a dual step process - recommendations are made by CAPA based on the organisation's data and reports, then these are reviewed by an aviation advisory panel.

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