Many people in aviation will know Tim Heylbut from Sherlock in South Australia. His antics in his Nieuport Biplane including period dress and scarf are well known to all the local pilots. Well, Tim is now a member of the 5DME reporting team and he’s about to be put to it at the Jamestown Air Spectacular in October.
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 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).
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