Armidale Regional Council CEO Susan Law said recent advertisements taken out in metropolitan newspapers were not an attempt by council to privatise the Arimdale Airport and described the advertisements as "exploratory".
Mrs Law said it was all about getting the best possible return for the ratepayers, and council was a very, very long way away from even considering selling the airport.
We'd like to talk to them all if they express an interest in talking to us.Susan Law
"We're just going out to market to see if we can engage in some dialogue with some experienced airport owners and managers to see if there are better ways of doing things," she said.
"We just want to cast the net as widely as we can so we get good diversity of views and the council will have the best available options put to it to consider.
"There are lots of airports around the country owned and operated by the private sector, as well as those who are in partnership with the public and private sector as well as those owned by major investment funds. "
Mrs Law said the advertisement was investigative in nature and a call to the market.
"In the end the council may do nothing with any of the options, but we would be irresponsible if we didn't explore other options which may give the ratepayers of the Armidale region a better service and a better return on their money," she said.