Tamworth Airport

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Tamworth Airport
Tamworth Regional Airport
IATA: TMWICAO: YSTW
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Tamworth Regional Council
Serves Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia
Elevation AMSL 1,334 ft / 407 m
Coordinates 31°05′02″S 150°50′58″E / 31.08389°S 150.84944°E / -31.08389; 150.84944Coordinates: 31°05′02″S 150°50′58″E / 31.08389°S 150.84944°E / -31.08389; 150.84944
Website tamworth.nsw.gov.au/...
Map
YSTW is located in New South Wales
YSTW
YSTW
Location in New South Wales
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12L/30R 2,200 7,218 Asphalt
12R/30L 1,110 3,642 Asphalt
18/36 1,020 3,346 Grass/clay
06/24 842 2,762 Grass/clay
Statistics (2012-13)
Revenue passengers 156,109
Aircraft movements 72,648
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart.[1] Passengers (financial year[2]) from BITRE.[3] Aircraft movements (calendar year) from Airservices Australia.[4]

Tamworth Airport (IATA: TMW[5]ICAO: YSTW) is a regional airport serving Tamworth, a city in the Australian state of New South Wales.[1] It is located 10 km (6.2 mi) from the town centre, on New Winton Road.[6] 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.[1][7] It is also known as Tamworth Regional Airport.[7]

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 as well as the Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School.

History[edit]

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.[8] 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.

Facilities[edit]

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).[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
QantasLink operated by Eastern Australia Airlines Sydney

Statistics[edit]

Tamworth Airport was ranked 39th in Australia for the number of revenue passengers served in financial year 2010-2011.[2][3]

Annual passenger and aircraft statistics for Tamworth[3]
Year[2] Revenue passengers RPT movements
2001-02
80,984
6,169
2002-03
68,029
4,859
2003-04
75,274
4,717
2004-05
86,503
5,040
2005-06
92,634
4,979
2006-07
98,199
3,510
2007-08
107,312
3,185
2008-09
116,669
2,911
2009-10
134,972
4,041
2010-11
153,680
4,566
2011-12
156,653
4,712

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d YSTW – Tamworth (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 29 May 2014, Aeronautical Chart
  2. ^ a b c Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
  3. ^ a b c "Airport Traffic Data 1985-86 to 2010-12". Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). May 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.  Refers to "Regular Public Transport (RPT) operations only"
  4. ^ "Movements at Australian Airports" (PDF). Airservices Australia. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tamworth Airport (TMW / YSTW)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Airport Guide: Tamworth Airport". Qantas. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Tamworth Regional Airport". Tamworth Regional Council. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Elementary Flying Training Schools". RAAF Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2011.