MAINTENANCE JOBS BOOST FOR TAMWORTH AIRPORT
The NSW Government is supporting QantasLink to upgrade maintenance facilities at Tamworth Regional Airport in a move set to secure around 72 existing jobs and create up to 25 new jobs at the site.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said capacity constraints at the facility meant support from the NSW Government’s Regional Industries Investment Fund was timely.
“With the facilities at Tamworth now running at capacity, and with increasing demand for maintenance services, QantasLink had been reviewing options for alternative locations,” Mr Stoner said.
“NSW Government assistance will now help towards the cost of infrastructure upgrades at the facility and provide additional potential benefits, including flow through opportunities for other maintenance, repair and overhaul businesses in the region.”
Mr Anderson said QantasLink operated passenger airline services throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea with a variety of aircraft, including Dash 8, which were maintained at Tamworth Regional Airport.
“A second line of maintenance will be commissioned to accommodate increased throughput of Dash 8 aircraft from the QantasLink Fleet. This will include hangar upgrades, a second hangar, storage facilities and plant and equipment at Tamworth,” Mr Anderson said.
“This second line will allow additional scheduled maintenance of QantasLink’s existing fleet and provide extra capacity to bid on external maintenance contracts.
“Securing the future of the facility will also help to maintain Tamworth Airport’s strong reputation as a major centre for aviation business.”
Since April 2011, the NSW Trade & Investment has helped to create more than 8,000 full time jobs and helped generate investment of almost $1 billion in regional NSW.