Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today made a major announcement that Tamworth Regional Airport has secured more than $2.1 million in funding to support vital infrastructure upgrades.

Mr Anderson said the funding provided by the NSW Government is a much needed investment in Tamworth that will create jobs, and contribute to further local economic and tourism growth.

“We have been able to secure more than $2.1 million of funding that will be committed to upgrades with the view for more funding on the way.

“Tamworth is one of the busiest regional airports in Australia with three airlines now servicing the city as well as housing QantasLink’s heavy maintenance base for its fleet of Dash 8 aircraft and the hub for the New England North West Region.”

“The airport also provides critical support for tourism events including our internationally renowned Country Music Festival. The Government will provide more than $2.1 million for the extension and improvement of the runways at Tamworth to support the airport’s efforts to attract more visitors and competitive air fares.

“Tamworth has also bid for funding for major terminal upgrades to support the airport’s current and future growth and, but further work is needed on this bid before a final decision can be made in the New Year.”

Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said the project is among 17 successful projects to receive funding made available across regional NSW from the Government’s Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

“We are making a long term investment to create jobs and improve services for residents to support airports with the greatest capacity to increase visitor numbers, stimulating the NSW regional economy.

“Projects include terminal upgrades, apron and runway improvements, investment in airport emergency services, lighting upgrades and other vital works to accommodate more and larger aircraft and to improve safety and services,” Mr Barilaro concluded.

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