Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Armidale's upgraded Airport ready for check in

Media Release

DC405/2017

11 December 2017

Joint release with:

Barnaby Joyce

Deputy Prime Minister
Federal Member for New England

John Barilaro

Deputy Premier
Minister for Regional NSW
Minister for Skills
Minister for Small Business
Leader of The Nationals

Simon Murray

Mayor of Armidale Regional Council

  • $10.5 million expansion of the Armidale Regional Airport Terminal now complete
  • New terminal boasts a café and retail area, new baggage carousel and extra seating
  • The Coalition Government invested $1.12 million towards the project

Armidale residents can now check-in or wait for their loved ones in style with today's opening of the new Regional Airport Terminal after a $10.5 million upgrade.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the recent upgrades would further solidify Armidale's place as the gateway to the Northern Tablelands, by letting the airport expand its services to meet growing passenger and freight demands.

“Access to high quality transport services is vital for people living in regional and rural Australia, and this upgrade will give travellers a fit-for-purpose terminal that will serve New England for decades to come,” Mr Chester said.

“Larger planes will be able to land at the airport, carrying up to 74 passengers. Previously the largest planes landing here only had 50 seats. It will also increase the airport's capacity for transporting freight, which will be a boost for local business and create jobs.”

Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce, who was in Armidale for the opening today, said the upgrade would provide regular, reliable and fast access to Sydney for business, medical and tourist purposes for both passenger and freight services.

“It will reduce passenger congestion and cater to growing passenger numbers, improve mobility, and benefit the general aviation industries located within the airport commercial zone by reducing delays for take-off and landing,” Mr Joyce said.

“The project has created five jobs during construction, and another eight ongoing jobs, which continues our commitment to support regional Australia.”

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro said the project was a great example of what could be achieved when all three tiers of government worked together.

“The previous terminal was built in 1994 and whilst in reasonable condition it was not capable of meeting current requirements nor allow for the necessary future expansion that will support our region and boost the local economy,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The spacious facility features modern check in areas, office space for air carriers, conveyer baggage handling facilities, cafe and space for security screening.”

Mayor of Armidale Regional Council Simon Murray said the upgrade to the Armidale Regional Airport terminal marked a significant milestone in Council's master plan for the airport.

“Today's opening heralds a wonderful funding collaboration between Australian, State and Local Government to deliver one of the largest infrastructure projects the Armidale region has seen for many years,” said Cr Murray.

“The new state-of-the-art airport terminal will service increasing passenger numbers for many years to come and be a wonderful gateway to the many attractions the New England High Country has to offer.”

The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($3.5 million), New South Wales Government ($6.55 million) and Armidale Regional Council ($2,830,064).