Tamworth Regional Airport in New South Wales, Australia, has completed a $3.9 million terminal upgrade, opening the city up for future opportunities and also as a regional NSW site for international air freight operations.
The $3.97 million upgrade was wholly funded by the NSW Government under the ‘Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund’, which enables the funding and delivery of infrastructure projects throughout NSW. The project followed the $2.3 million airside upgrade which was awarded $2.1 million under the same programme.
The expansion and upgrade features a new boarding gate, departure lounges and retail space (for car hire companies) as well as toilets, an expanded check-in area, new café and associated food preparation and storage areas.
The upgrade also includes a newly furnished dining area with ceiling to floor windows taking in views across to the mountains, new bathroom amenities (including a separate facility for use by people with a disability or parents who need a baby changing area), as well as new lounge areas and a function room.
Electronic flight information displays have also been installed.
“The terminal upgrade is a complete makeover, ensuring we are able to meet future travel demands, security requirements and business growth opportunities,” commented Tamworth Region Mayor Col Murray adding that it will provide a “positive experience” for passengers travelling through the airport.
“The airport is going from strength to strength – its steady trend of increasing passenger numbers, in recent years, is expected to continue.
“The airport is a key community asset which delivers major economic benefits to the region through business and tourism travel and as a hub for the local aviation industry,” he concluded.
Work started on the redevelopment of the passenger terminal in January 2018 and the upgrades were completed in March with the official opening event held in June.
This followed an upgrade and extension of the main apron which was completed in July 2017, giving the airport the capacity to accommodate aircraft up to the size of Boeing 737-800s.