High hopes for Mildura Airport recovery31/03/2021
Locals and visitors to Mildura and the broader Mallee region have hope that domestic flight access will continue, thanks to support from the Victorian Government.
Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today met with representatives from the Mildura Airport to discuss the future of what once was one of the busiest regional airports in Victoria.
The Victorian Government has committed $850,000 to support Mildura Airport’s recovery after they experienced a devastating 2020. The funding will contribute towards essential operational costs and help to ensure that the airport remains a sustainable business.
Support from the Victorian Government is essential to enable the airport to recover from a 95 per cent drop in revenue experienced between March and November last year. In that time, passenger numbers dropped from over 20,000 a month to around 500 and are slowly rebuilding.
Mildura Airport is a vital cog in the region's economy and serves a large community of travellers, located in the corner of three states - Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.
The airport provides critical connectivity for business and leisure travel and for visiting friends and family. The airport also provides for emergency medical flights and for the movement of emergency services and other essential workers during times of crisis.
The continued operation of Mildura Airport will also support the region’s economic and social recovery and ensure the vital transport link remains open to locals and visitors.
The $850,000 funding commitment is key to the Victorian Government’s $8 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria unveiled in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to support communities to come back stronger than ever.