The airport brings economic and employment benefits to our community
TAFE NSW and Airways Aviation will begin providing world-class training for students at the Airways Aviation base from July at Lismore Regional Airport, said Kevin Trustum, commercial director of commercial services at Lismore City Council.
“Together with the university, this strengthens Lismore as an educational center of the rivers of the North and beyond,” he said.
“Establishing a regional aviation training center at the airport is great for our economy and our local jobs, as these students will come and stay in Lismore, as well as eat and spend money in Lismore.
Mr Trustum said Lismore Regional Airport has provided passenger flights for the community of Lismore and the wider region, as well as supported a number of general aviation training companies and aviation for many years.
“The airport now generates more than $ 26 million per year for the local economy and directly creates 57 jobs, in addition to 26 indirect jobs,” he said.
“Before COVID, the airport handled 12,000 air passengers per year.
“Unfortunately, passenger numbers have declined in recent years due to neighboring competing airports, but our strategy will also be to keep passenger flights to Lismore in order to keep the community and businesses moving and connected.
“REX Airlines currently operates three roundtrip flights to Sydney each week and recently introduced a limited number of flights at $ 99.”
In addition to commercial passenger flights, Lismore Regional Airport provides local air cargo services, aero-medical services for Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Angel Flight, Little Wings, Air Ambulance, Royal Flying Doctors, special doner transport services , emergency services such as firefighting, charter flights and supporting car rental companies based there.
Built in 1968, the history of airports dates back even further to 1920 when the country’s first airmail service was launched between Lismore and Tenterfield, and on June 11, 1933, Sir Charlies Kingsford-Smith made history when ‘he landed his plane, The Southern Cross, at the airport.