VICTORIA needs to locate its second international airport in the country, north of the Great Dividing Range.
That is according to a recommendation made to the State Government as part of its review of aviation services.
The Government has released a discussion paper calling for suggestions for a new national aviation precinct that would incorporate training and maintenance.
Most expect Avalon near Geelong to be a frontrunner if there is to be a second main airport in the state.
A Geelong businessman, who did not wish to be identified, said other country areas should also be considered.
"Why not an international airport which would serve the north and central part of the state and which have good road and rail links to Melbourne," the businessman said.
"Avalon and Tullamarine have similar weather patterns, including grounding fogs, so a second airport over the range would have different weather."
Aviation Industry Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips said significant growth expected in the aviation industry would result in increased passenger air traffic and aircraft orders.
"In turn, this will lead to an increased need for maintenance, repair and overhaul activity, an increased demand for skilled aviation personnel in the region, as well as increased capabilities in providing the business solutions and environment that will be needed, " he said.