Tamworth Airport (IATA: TMW, ICAO: YSTW) is a regional airport serving Tamworth, a city in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is located 10 km (6.2 mi) from the town centre, on New Winton Road. The airport is owned and operated by the Tamworth Regional Council and is listed as being 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) west of the city. It is also known as Tamworth Regional Airport.
Tamworth Regional Airport
|Owner/Operator||Tamworth Regional Council|
|Serves||Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia|
|Elevation AMSL||1,334 ft / 407 m|
Tamworth Airport is the northern base of the Hunter Region Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service and the location for BAE Systems Flight Training College, the Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School and CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Tamworth
No. 6 Elementary Flying Training School of the Royal Australian Air Force was formed in 1940, during the Second World War, at the original airfield (located in what is now the Taminda industrial area) as part of the Empire Air Training Scheme. Training included 50 hours of basic aviation instruction on a simple trainer like the Tiger Moth. Pilots who showed promise went on to advanced training at a Service Flying Training School. Others went on to different specialties, such as Wireless Schools, Air Observer Schools or Bombing and Gunnery Schools. The RAAF airfield went on to become the original home of East West Airlines after WW2.
In 1951 a decision was taken to relocate the aerodrome with the council commencing construction in 1952 and the official opening of the new airport in 1956. The airport received a further upgrade to medium jet standard in 1982. The addition of the 1,110 m (3,642 ft) parallel runway and associated facility expansion was undertaken between 1990 and 1993 as part of the establishment of the British Aerospace/Ansett pilot training joint venture which has evolved into the current Bae systems college.
The Tamworth Airport terminal expansion was completed in June 2012, to facilitate the commencement of passenger screening. A further expansion was carried out in 2014 to accommodate operations by additional carriers.
The airport resides at an elevation of 1,334 ft (407 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 12L/30R measuring 2,200 m × 45 m (7,218 ft × 148 ft) and 12R/30L measuring 1,110 m × 18 m (3,642 ft × 59 ft). It also has two runways with a grassed brown clay surface: 18/36 measuring 1,020 m × 30 m (3,346 ft × 98 ft) and 06/24 measuring 842 m × 30 m (2,762 ft × 98 ft). The terminal is again being upgraded however the previous upgrade saw the establishment of security screening and a Qantas Club lounge. The existing Qantas lounge will be relocated and enlarged as apart of the upgrade and space will be available for a future airline lounge in addition to a multipurpose function room and airport administration office.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
|Year||Revenue passengers||RPT movements|
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