The “shopfront of the city” is getting closer to being revealed as the final pieces are put in place for stage one of the $6 million Tamworth Airport terminal upgrade.
While the new cafe and dining area, as well as toilets are set to be operational by the end of July, the bigger picture, which includes a new boarding gate, airline departure lounges, retail space and larger check in area is hoped to attract more residents and visitors to the city.
Mayor Col Murray said that the infrastructure upgrade is a major step towards Tamworth hitting the 100,000 mark in terms of population.
“While the city enjoys positive growth it is upgrades and facilities like this, and the support of the NSW Government, that helps us achieve those aspirations,” he said.
“This is a positive statement about the growth and development of not only the airport but also the city, this is fundamental to growing new opportunities.
“The airport is considered to be the shopfront of the city, the first glimpse people get when they come to Tamworth, so to see a brand new upgraded facility like this is really important, it sets the scene for a modern growing city.”
Cr Murray is also hoping that the new airport can attract new carriers, with new routes.
“We here a lot from people about the opportunities to travel to Melbourne and Canberra, hopefully a positive statement like this project takes us one step closer to that.”
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson echoed the mayor’s sentiments, saying that the upgrade was critical to growing the city.
“People want good facilities when they fly in and out, and this is the gateway to Tamworth for air travel and sets the benchmark for what they expect when they head into the city,” he said.
The funding for the terminal comes from a NSW Government “bucket of funds that aims to upgrade regional airports right across NSW.”
The project is expected to be complete and operational by the end of the year.