THE SKY is the limit with Tamworth Regional Airport’s $6 million face lift.
Visitors to the airport will now be greeted with improved baggage handling, a newly renovated cafe, upgrades to security and more meeting areas.
Another $2.5 million was doled out by the state government to fund a bigger apron to cater for larger planes.
A professional and welcoming gateway to the city is absolutely imperative Tamworth Regional Council deputy mayor Phil Betts said.
“The airport is the gateaway to Tamworth, if you look at the facilities we’ve got here it’s offering very high class food, welcoming service and it will attract visitors to our area,” he said.
“I don’t think there’s an end goal when it comes to Tamworth Regional Airport, it’s an ongoing growth expectation and strategic approach that we’ve got so the sky really is the limit.”
The redevelopment also includes new bathroom amenities, additional arrivals seating and an extended dining area.
Tamworth has been identified as a growth area which is why it was chosen for airport infrastructure funding Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said.
“I think we’ve got to continue to develop our facilities which allows us to put on more services, more flights and brings in competition which drives the price of airfares down,” he said.
“In our case we already have improved security in place so we can take 747’s, jumbos – you name it if they need to land here we can already do that.
“Tamworth is at a distinct advantage when it comes to pitching the services and facilities we have to new operators.”
The airport cafe officially opened on Friday.