Member for Tamworth and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads, Maritime and Transport Kevin Anderson has put Tamworth forward as a potential location to host a new pilot academy, announced by Qantas today. 

Mr Anderson said Tamworth has a long history with aviation training history and is ideally placed to make the pilot academy a success.

“This is a fantastic initiative from Qantas and I am excited to highlight Tamworth as the ideal location for the new pilot academy,” Mr Anderson said. 

“Tamworth has been a defence and civilian pilot training base for many years.”

Mr Anderson said he will be discussing the proposal with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro to put forward Tamworth as a viable location with the appropriate infrastructure to meet the needs of Qantas into the future. 

“Qantas plan to initially train around 100 pilots a year for direct entry into the Qantas Group which includes QantasLink, so not only is there a direct benefit for Qantas by locating the academy here, there’s also a huge benefit to our local economy. 

“The airline has cited an initial investment of up to $20 million to establish the new facility and I believe choosing Tamworth as the location will give them the best bang for their buck.”

The move comes following an announcement from QantasLink that regional centres including Tamworth have had flights reduced due to a lack of pilots.

“The pilot problem will have a significant impact on our city, and I don’t want to see our community disadvantaged, that’s why I am in also discussions with QantasLink about ensuring the peak times such as the early morning and late afternoon services between Tamworth and Sydney to continue,” Mr Anderson concluded.  

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