Tigerair Australia has held high-level discussions about the possibility of launching commercial flights from RAAF Base Richmond, according to reports from Australian media.
The budget airline is understood to be eyeing flights from Richmond, located north-west of the Sydney central business district, to tap into demand from the growing western regions in addition to its existing operations from Sydney's main airport at Mascot, Fairfax newspapers reported.
A spokeswoman for the airline contacted by Flightglobal would not comment on the reports directly, saying only that with the recent investment in the airline by Virgin Australia that it was "still reviewing our [their] forward strategy."
"In relation to Richmond, it is worth noting that this is a defence-only airport," she adds.
Recent studies by the Australian government have pointed to the possibility of opening Richmond to commercial flights, in part to relieve future congestion at Sydney airport.
Richmond has a 2,134m runway that is capable of supporting Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 operations, but would require apron works and a passenger terminal. It is estimated that $144 million would need to be invested to allow the airport to handle one million passengers per year.
Canberra has promised to explore the possibility of allowing airlines to use Richmond for limited domestic flights, but has not committed to a timetable for when those operations may commence.
Flightglobal Pro data shows that Tigerair Australia has 11 Airbus A320s in service.