Qantas confirms Avalon closure

Airline expected to announce closure of heavy maintenance base this morning.

Qantas Airways (QAN) has confirmed it is closing its heavy maintenance base at Avalon, near Melbourne, at the end of March 2014 and will consider moving the maintenance work on its 747 fleet offshore.

The base employs around 300 people and services the airline's soon-to-be retired Boeing 747s.

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