At 55 km from Melbourne’s CBD, Avalon airport is listed as Melbourne in the booking name, confusing some travellers who expect the airport to be located in the vicinity of Melbourne city.
According to Skyscanner, many budget airlines use secondary airports because they can offer cheaper flights with lower operational costs. This has been labelled ‘ambiguous’ considering they can be miles away from the city they claim to serve.
European budget carrier Ryanair’s latest addition, Paris-Vatry Disney airport is 150 km from Disneyland Paris, setting a record in misleading airports.
Other airports in Europe who rated high on Skyscanner’s list include Munich’s Memmingen airport (112 km from central Munich), Oslo Torp (110 km from central Oslo) and London’s Oxford airport (97 km out of London).
Commenting on the report, Skyscanner Market Development Manager for Australia Dave Boyte said regional airports can be convenient for some travellers depending on their final destination.
“However travellers wanting to reach city centre locations must factor in the time and transport costs of using a regional airport, and compare them to a more central airport.
“If you fly to an airport with Melbourne in its name, you would expect it to be somewhere near the city but 55 km isn’t what most would call close.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W