Adelaide Airport

Adelaide Airport – A History of Quiet and Consistent Achievement

Established in 1954, the Adelaide Airport is a commercial airport operated by Adelaide Airport Limited by virtue of a lease granted them by the Commonwealth Government in 1998. Located around West Beach, South Australia, it serves as the principal airport for the city of Adelaide. This airport is a base of Alliance Airlines, Qantas,  Sharp Airlines and Regional Express Airlines. Adelaide is also a focus city for Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways. This airport is amongst the busiest airports in Australia currently occupying 5th position. It currently serves over 7.69 million passengers every year. Although the number of regional passenger dropped in 2014, there was a 3.5% growth amongst domestic traffic and international traffic increased by 25.5%. This led to a 5% overall increase in traffic from 2013.



The first Adelaide airport was constructed in 1921. It was an aerodrome built over 24 hectares of land located at Hendon. The station ran a mail service between Sydney and Adelaide. However, due to the increased growth in aviation another airport called Parafield was built in 1927. However, by 1947, the Parafield airport was unable to satisfy the increased demand in aviation. Hence a site was chosen for the current Adelaide Airport. This was at West Beach, which was then known as West Torrens. Construction began in earnest and flights started in 1954. Parafield Airport was then relegated to use as a military and private aviation facility. The airport continued to be upgraded with the construction of a terminal for international flights in 1982. In 2005, a new facility was built to replace the original terminals for domestic and international flights. Tiger Airways Australia made the airport its second hub in 2009 before shutting down operations and resuming again in 2013. The airport became the second airport in the world and the first Australian airport to have the Google Street View technology. This system gives passengers the opportunity to have a survey of the arrival and departure sections of the airport before they travel. In 2011, a five-year master plan commenced. Most of the projects have already been completed. Of these is the proposed road network that was needed to aid in traffic flow and the construction of a multi-storey car park and control tower. Other pending projects are the construction of a terminal concourse and three aerobridges.



There are various airlines that fly to Adelaide Airport. Some of these like Qantas, Sharp Airlines, Alliance Airlines and Regional Express Airlines use the airport as their hub. Others airlines that utilize the Adelaide Airport are Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Cobham, Emirates, Jetstar Airways, Rossair, Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines. Cargo flights are handled by Air New Zealand Cargo, MASkargo, Toll Priority and Qantas Freight.



Adelaide Airport has been the recipient of numerous awards over the past years. They include:

·         A 2014 bronze accolade for recognizing their excellence in Human resources within the Asia Pacific, awarded by Airports Council International

·         Level 2-airport carbon accreditation by the Airport Council International in recognition of the Airport successfully reducing carbon emissions in 2014.

·         Being amongst the first two airports to obtain Level 1 airport carbon accreditation in 2013

·         In 2013, the airport received a team award for airport excellence. This was due to the infrastructure project carried out on its landside.

·         Adelaide Airport has in 2006, 2009 and 2011, been named the best capital city Airport in Australia.

·         In 2006, the airport received an award for being the world’s second best international airport carrying between 5-15 million passengers. The Airports Council International carried out this rating.


Routes and Destinations

Destinations covered by the Adelaide Airport include but are not limited to Auckland, Hong Kong, Moomba, Dubai International, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Brisbane and Port Lincoln. Charter flights are also carried out to Kingscote, Lake Eyre, Mount Gambier and Port Lincoln. Cargo destinations include Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur, Perth and Canberra. Amongst the busiest routes for domestic flights leaving Adelaide Airport are Victoria, Melbourne with 2,2 million passengers and New South Wales, Sydney with 1.8 million passengers. Kuala Lumpur happens to be the busiest international route in 2014 with 244,950 passengers carried.


How to check in


There are different ways a person may check in at the Adelaide airport. Passengers are faced with the option of checking in online, in person at the airport check in counter or through self-service machines located at different points in the airport.  Passengers are advised to arrive early for their check in. Any questions related to the procedures for check in, time to commence check in, provisions for persons with special needs should be directed to the airline company.

Passengers are requested to be within the boarding gate area at least 30 minutes prior to departure for domestic service and 45 minutes where the flight is an international one.


Baggage and allowance

The baggage allowance is largely dependent on the ticket purchased as well the terms and conditions of booking. Passengers are advised to clarify with their airline to find out the weight and size of the luggage permitted as either hand luggage or checked in luggage.



The seating arrangement varies by the airline. Consult your airline or travel agency to find out the available seating arrangements for your flight.


Booking fee

Short haul flights are generally relatively cheaper than long haul flights. However, these are subject to the airline and the service required. Passengers should check with their airline on the fare to their intended destination.


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 Airport Contact Details

Adelaide Airport

1 James Schofield Drive,
Adelaide Airport SA 5950,
AUSTRALIA (Switchboard)

Tel:+61 (0)8 83089211


 Location Details

Longitude:138° 32' 4'' E
Latitude:34° 56' 53'' S

 Airport Location

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