THE CITY is front and centre for international opportunities after it landed $4 million worth of upgrades to the airport.
Tamworth Regional Council has made a bid for one of the state government's proposed air freight hubs in regional NSW, bankrolled by the $4.2 billion sale of Snowy Hydro.
The upgrades were officially finished on Friday, and were welcomed by Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson and mayor Col Murray.
"The Tamworth Regional Airport Terminal Upgrade and extension is a key factor in providing both a modern and enjoyable traveller experience for locals and visitors alike," he said.
"But it's also a great step in preparing our city for future growth of industry and opportunities."
The airport has been under construction for the last 12 months for a new cafe, toilets, a fresh boarding gate departure lounge, retail space and larger check-in area.
First impressions matter, Mr Anderson said, and it was important to give visitors to Tamworth the best one.
"This is great news from Tamworth and comes on top of an announcement by the state government to look at ways to get high-quality, regional produce to international customers more efficiently," he said.
"We know that air freight is the fastest, most reliable way to move our high-value, perishable exports and that is why we are investigating air freight options in regional areas."