05 September 2014
FEDERAL Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the announcement by QantasLink it was upgrading and expanding its heavy maintenance facility in Tamworth, was an indication of the potential the city has as an aviation hub.
“I’ve always tried to make sure the Chief Executive of Qantas, Alan Joyce, was aware of the future in Tamworth not only as a hub between Brisbane and Sydney but also as a hub between Brisbane and Melbourne,” Mr Joyce said.
“Tamworth has the expertise and the facilities to deal with the regional maintenance of the QantasLink fleet.
Mr Joyce praised the announcement which will see the upgrading of QantasLink’s existing hangar and the expansion into a new hangar which will create 25 new engineering roles in Tamworth.
“I welcome these new jobs for the city of Tamworth. These jobs will bring new families to our schools and P&C committees, to our Lions and Rotary Clubs and further growth to the city,” the New England MP said.
QantasLink Chief Executive Officer, John Gissing, said the upgrade and expansion demonstrates QantasLink’s growth in regional aviation.
Mr Gissing said QantasLink was “really happy that we’ve secured the second hangar which allows us to expand our heavy maintenance in Tamworth”.
He said QantasLink conducted 100 per cent of its heavy maintenance in Australia and the announcement further enhanced the airline’s position that Tamworth is a centre of aviation engineering excellence.