Tamworth Regional Airport is one of the largest of the secure regional airports in Australia and capable of operations for aircraft as large as B737/A320 series.
- is owned by Tamworth Regional Council
- plays a significant role in the local community
- has a history of aviation excellence
- government and private enterprise continue to invest in its development
- is home to major aviation training schools and businesses including Aviskills and BAE Systems Flight Training Australia
For full details of airliners operating from Tamworth, please visit the how do I get to Tamworth page.
On 1 July 2012 the Australian Government introduced changes to the aviation security arrangements at some regional airports.
Tamworth Regional Airport was one of the airports which implemented these legislated changes.
Passengers and their carry-on and checked in baggage are security screened before boarding their flights by new technology including;
- Walk through metal detectors
- Hand held metal detectors
- X-Ray machines for carry-on and checked baggage
- Explosive trace detection
Some simple points to assist in this process are;
- Ensure you are at the airport at least one hour before your flight is scheduled to depart.
- At some airports a Screening Officer may ask to look in your bag instead of using an X-Ray machine.
- Computers and aerosol cans need to be taken out of your carry baggage and placed in a plastic tub provided for individual screening.
- If you have a heart pacemaker or other medical conditions which maybe affect by X-Ray advise the security screening staff as you may not be required to go through the walk through detector.
- Steel capped boots, large buckle belts and some jewellery and shoes which include metal parts will need to be removed and screened separately.
- Hats, caps and overcoats need to be removed and placed in the plastic tubs for screening.
Passengers who have not experienced aviation security screening before can visit www.TravelSECURE.infrastructure.gov.au
to familiarise themselves with what to expect at an aviation security screening point. You will also find examples of items that are not permitted to be carried on board an aircraft.
Airport Technical Specification
- located 10km west of city
- 24 hour operations – no curfew
- main runway 2200 metres long and 45 metres wide
- main runway is constructed of grooved bitumen asphalt
- equipped with full lighting services to international standards
- navigational aids include as ILS System for runway 30R, VOR, DME(I) and NDB
- airtraffic control tower
- parallel all weather sealed runway 1100 metres long and 18 metres wide capable of handling aircraft up to 5700kg
- airport offers significant airspace potential, with a capability of sustaining substantially more air movements
- modern passenger terminal building with kiosk and catering
- extensive free car parking
- Qantaslink operates six (6) return services a day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, five (5) return services a day on Wednesday, and four (4) return services on weekends between Tamworth and Sydney using modern Dash 8-Q400, Dash 8-300
and Dash 8-200 series aircraft. For bookings please visit – www.qantas.com.au
The following companies are established on the Airport:
- BAE Systems Flight Training Australia – government military contracts for flight training for the Australian Defence Forces, Republic of Singapore Airforce and Royal Brunei Airforce
- Aviskills – practical, accredited and flexible training courses in aircraft mechanics and engineering
- Sigma Aviation – aircraft maintenance and engine overhauls for turbo prop and piston aircraft, aircraft avionic repairs and maintenance
- Shell Aviation – aviation fuel supplies
- Air BP – aviation fuel supplies
- Macquarie Pilot Centre – private pilot training
- Qantaslink – heavy maintenance base for Dash 8-Q400, Dash 8-300 and Dash 8-200 aircraft
- Qantaslink Administration Office – revenue accounting for airline and payroll processing
- David Baddams – aircraft sales and adventure flights
- Assessment Services – conducts examinations for CASA-approved courses
- Civil Aviation Safety Authority – Regional Office for Airworthiness and flying operations
- Airservices Australia – air traffic control tower facilities and navaids maintenance depot for airport and region
- Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty Car Rentals - provide car rental services for the travelling public
- Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service – rotary wing search and rescue service
- Tamworth Aeroclub – licensed club and pilot training
Airport Fees and Charges
Fees and charges apply to all aircraft using Tamworth Regional Airport. For details refer to the Schedule of Fees and Charges.