Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson have welcomed Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti on a flight into Tamworth and the announcement that regular services from Sydney will commence in May.
“This is really terrific news that will benefit hundreds of people living and visiting Tamworth and the wider New England region,” Mr Grant said.
“Tamworth is the commercial capital of the North West and increasing the flights in and out of the town improves its attractiveness to businesses and tourists alike.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government supports improved regional aviation and increased choice in the regional air network.
“That is why we recently opened a $50 million expression of interest round to improve regional airfields and I understand Tamworth Regional Council is currently finalising their application.
“It is also why today we announced, if re-elected, $6 million would be provided to encourage more conferences to towns like Tamworth in regional NSW.
“Boosting regional conferences will provide direct jobs, help increase motel and hotel room occupancy rates and provide flow on benefits to cafes, entertainment and tourism businesses.”
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said providing competition on the Tamworth to Sydney route would be a huge boost for locals.
“A second carrier should see prices become more competitive,” Mr Anderson said.
“Tamworth has a great airport and fantastic flying conditions, exactly the reason why the ADF Basic Flight Training School is located up here.
“If given the chance, I will be fighting hard to ensure additional funding flows to the airport from the $50 million Regional Aviation Fund and that we get our fair share of increased conferences in Tamworth.”
**Picture: Deputy Premier Troy Grant welcomes Virgin’s news in Tamworth this morning**