Re-establishing confidence in the travel industry is a key goal of Launceston Airport chief executive officer Hans van Pelt as the facility prepares to celebrates its 90th anniversary.
Mr van Pelt said the airports 90th year had certainly been challenging but he was looking forward to the future.
"It has been tough - before COVID the airport would do 400 flights a week, 35 flights a day depending on the season," he said.
"In the depth of COVID and certainly through that Victorian lockdown, the second one, we might have been doing two flights a week.
"Four hundred staff on the precinct - during those times we were down to 20."
Mr van Pelt said it was exciting to be able to look forward and start reconnecting with Launceston.
He said a key goal going forward was to become more integrated with the local community.
"We're really keen to connect more to the town. To become much more apart of the local economy as we all start this really important process to recovery," Mr van Pelt said.
"This is a great way for us to set forward.
"The 90th year, instead of the 12 months that has been, hopefully becomes the year where we start a really important recovery period."
The airport, which was the first aerodrome in Tasmania, officially turns 90 on Sunday, March 28.
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To celebrate the airport is putting on an event with live music, pop-up food and wine tastings and a short aerobatics display.
They will also be unveiling a historic aircraft, Miss Flinders, which will remain on site as a homage to the airports past.
It is the plane used by Lawrence Johnson to fly passengers to Flinders Island for the first time in 1931.
"The airport's 90th birthday is a significant milestone, and the unveiling of Miss Flinders represents our past and pays tribute to our years of connecting Tasmanians to the mainland," Mr van Pelt said.
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