Adelaide Airport tops 1 million international passengers

More than 1 million international passengers passed through Adelaide Airport in the year to the end of June 2018, the first time this milestone has been reached.

An additional 52,500 international passengers travelled to and from Adelaide in 2017/18, an increase of 5.5 per cent on the previous year.

The biggest inbound increase has been in the China market, with an additional 11,000 Chinese visitors arriving over the past year.

The largest increase in outbound passenger numbers was in the Fiji market, with approximately 8,000 more South Australians making the most of the new, direct Fiji Airways service to Nadi.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said the continuing strong international growth reinforced the recent announcement to expand the main terminal, with a focus on international facilities.

“Not only are we attracting new airlines travelling to new destinations, our existing airline partners are increasing services to cater for the demand,” Mr Young said.

“Since privatisation in 1998, our international passenger numbers have more than quadrupled. The number of international destinations has increased from 4 to 9 over the same period, which in turn has created one-stop connections with more than 300 cities around the globe.

“We continue to work hard to attract new airlines flying to new locations, and the US west coast is very much on our radar.”

Mr Young said it wasn’t just travellers who benefited. More and more South Australian exporters were now taking advantage of international flights to get their products to markets around the world more quickly and efficiently.

Service increases (June 2018 v June 2017):

Airline Destination Increase

Fiji Airways Nadi 2 new flights per week Qatar Airways Doha From 5 to 7 flights per week China Southern Guangzhou From 3 to 5 flights per week (seasonal) Singapore Airlines Singapore From daily to 10 flights per week (seasonal) Jetstar Denpasar (Bali) From daily to 10 flights per week (seasonal) Air New Zealand Auckland Dreamliner 787 introduced on select services

Both Malaysia Airlines and Cathay Pacific have announced service increases in the second half of 2018. Fiji Airways will introduce its brand new B737 MAX 8 aircraft on the Adelaide-Nadi route in December.

Adelaide the first airport to welcome Fiji Airways’ new 737 MAX 8 aircraft

Adelaide Airport today welcomed Fiji Airways’ announcement that its brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 will fly between Adelaide and Nadi from December. Adelaide will be the first in the region to welcome the airline’s newest aircraft.

The MAX 8s will offer passengers premium comfort and amenities with modern interiors, reduced cabin noise, better lighting and more overhead cabin storage space.

The announcement comes just ahead of the anniversary of Fiji Airways’ inaugural Adelaide-Nadi service, which currently operates twice a week.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, congratulated Fiji for its continued growth in the Adelaide market, and for choosing Adelaide to launch its newest aircraft.

“I think customers will really notice the difference with the significantly upgraded Boeing 737 MAX 8s,” Mr Young said.

“This aircraft is seen as a game changer in aviation since its launch in 2017. It’s significantly quieter – both internally and externally – it’s more fuel efficient, and has a greater range. Customers will notice a significantly upgraded interior with more space and LED lighting.”

Mr Young said South Australians have repaid the faith shown by Fiji Airways in launching the new service last year, with strong forward bookings an important factor in attracting the upgraded MAX 8 aircraft.

“Fiji has always been a hugely popular destination with South Australian travellers, and Fiji Airways’ aircraft upgrade now makes it even more attractive,” Mr Young said.

“Fiji Airways also offers one-stop connection with the US West Coast with the added bonus of being able to stopover in beautiful Fiji.”

Services from Nadi on FJ961 depart at 4.30pm and arrive in Adelaide at 8.30pm, Monday and Friday.

Services from Adelaide on FJ960 depart at 10.00pm, Monday and Friday, and arrive in Nadi at 5.35am the following morning (all times local).


Adelaide Airport terminal expansion gets green light

June 14 2018. Adelaide Airport announces $165 million expansion of the main terminal. The expansion includes improvements to the arrival and departure areas, more retail and dining options for international and domestic passengers.

Video: Fly-thru of new Terminal Expansion

Gate 18 will become a permanent international gate with improved retail, emigration and immigration services.  The expansion includes a refurbishment of retail areas resulting in an 80 percent increase in overall space of the terminal’s retail and dining areas.

Adelaide Airport Team


South Australian Providore

Food & Beverage Precinct




Parafield Aviation Heritage Centre opens

Thursday 12 April, 2018

Parafield Airport is today celebrating 90 years of aviation history with the official opening of the Parafield Aviation Heritage Centre.

Housed in the old fire station building on Kings Road, the Centre includes memorabilia and historical accounts from Parafield Airport and South Australia’s early aviation pioneers.

Managing Director, Mark Young, said Parafield Airport was Adelaide’s main aerodrome from 1927 to 1955. It was a port of call in early transcontinental air races, and welcomed Queen Elizabeth II during her Australian Coronation tour in 1954.

“The idea of the Parafield Aviation Heritage Centre is to display items showcasing key themes and events that have occurred at Parafield Airport over the past 90 years,” Mr Young said.
“The old airport fire station has turned out to be the perfect location. We anticipate the Centre will become a focal visitor attraction for the northern suburbs and an educational hub for school groups to learn more about Parafield Airport’s rich history.

“A significant number of aviation and heritage experts have provided their support over the past year to create what you see today and I congratulate everyone who has played a part in bringing this project to fruition.”

Mr Young said Parafield Airport had put the call out for volunteers with a keen interest in aviation history to help run the Centre, with a number of local community members keen to be involved.
Parafield Airport also would like to hear from anyone who may have their own piece of aviation history from the past 90 years and may be willing to donate or loan their memorabilia to the Centre.

Parafield Airport was first used as an “all over” aerodrome in 1927, when Miller Aviation Company (later MacRobertson Miller Airways in Western Australia) and Australian Aerial Services moved from “the main aerodrome” at Albert Park. Later that year, on 26 November 1927, the Royal Aero Club of South Australia built a hangar at Parafield, and bought two aircraft for passenger and training purposes.

On May 29, 1929 two De Havilland Hercules Airlines, carrying 21 passengers, arrived at Parafield from Perth on the inaugural flight of the East-West Service. On October 1, 1929, 16 aircraft landed at Parafield in the course of the East-West Air Race from Sydney to Perth.

Adelaide welcomes first direct Newcastle flight with FlyPelican

22 March, 2018

Adelaide Airport has welcomed today’s arrival of FlyPelican’s inaugural flight between Newcastle (NSW) and Adelaide – the first regular airline service between the two cities.
FlyPelican will operate three weekly flights per week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to service tourism and business markets.

Passengers on the inaugural service will include the Newcastle Jets A-League team and supporters travelling to Adelaide ahead of their clash with Adelaide United on Friday night.
Newcastle is a growing tourism destination on the edge of Sydney’s northern suburbs and these new flights will capitalise on this market, providing increased access to Adelaide and its regions.
FlyPelican has partnered with Alliance Airlines to operate the service, with the flight crew to be based in Adelaide.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said the new service was a welcome addition to Adelaide’s growing domestic network.

“Newcastle has been one of our largest unserved markets and we’ve been keen to secure a service between our two cities for some time,” Mr Young said.

“It is Australia’s second largest regional city with many similarities to Adelaide, including its defence focus and proximity to the Hunter Valley wine region.

“It also provides a great alternative for passengers wanting to travel to and from the Central Coast, Hunter and North Coast regions without having to land in Sydney and find other transport options to get to Newcastle.”

South Australian Tourism Commission, Chief Executive, Rodney Harrex said: “The new direct link from Newcastle is a welcome addition to South Australia’s growing aviation success story.
“More visitors are choosing to come to South Australia than ever before, and we’re committed to keeping this momentum by growing aviation and delivering great events and marketing campaigns to showcase our state as a sought after destination,” Mr Harrex said.

“In less than two and a half hours, visitors from Newcastle and Sydney’s northern suburbs can be exploring our city or heading out to one of our world class tourism regions”.

FlyPelican CEO, Paul Graham, said: “As Newcastle’s local airline, it is important to us to provide services the community needs.

“We are proud and excited to expand our network and give travellers greater choice with the new Adelaide direct route.”