Inaugural Airport Safety Week

70 airport operators from across Australia and New Zealand have come together to promote the Inaugural Airport Safety Week. The Australian Airport Association has produced a video to promote the importance of airport safety. The video gets the message across in a fun way and presents the concept that everyone can be involved with airport safety.


Antonov 124 visits Adelaide

On 26/8/14 an Antonov 124 visted Adelaide to deliver 84 tonnes of mining equipment. It arrived around 3.30pm and deprted the next day at 6.50am. On arrival both ends of the plane were opened up and a ramp had to be assembled from the front to offload some of the cargo.

5DME have heard that many people arrived the next day to see the huge aircraft depart however, a mistake in the departure time by main stream media left everyone disappointed.

Just so those who went to take a look don’t miss out, here is a short video that the 5DME.NET crew shot when the aircraft arrived…. These are truly huge machines and one cannot fail to be impressed when up close!

Antonov 124 at Adelaide Airport 26 August 2014 from Video Magic Productions on Vimeo.

NOTE: This is unedited video and does have a few repo knocks. You can see the completed version in the next episode of AVIATION NOW.

Adelaide Airport records double digit international growth for the third consecutive year

Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) has reported strong total passenger growth of 5.0% and outstanding international passenger growth of 25.5% for the financial year ended 30 June 2014.

International passenger growth reflects both an improvement in load factors and a +17.0% increase in capacity, largely due to the commencement of Air Asia X and Jetstar’s international services in the second quarter which brought low cost international travel to the Adelaide market and the option of a second carrier on several popular routes.

The international growth continues the trend of outstanding international passenger growth seen at Adelaide Airport over the last few years, with growth of 13.0% and 14.8% reported for FY12 and FY13 respectively.

Managing Director Mark Young said “the 25.5% international passenger growth seen at Adelaide Airport is a remarkable result and crowns three consecutive years of double digit international passenger growth. Our consistent growth has caught the attention of international carriers and resulted in a substantial improvement in the availability of direct services out of Adelaide. We now have 53 international services operating directly from Adelaide per week, compared to 33 this time three years ago.”

Domestic performance was strong despite the tough operating environment with domestic passengers growing +3.5% to 6.2 million for the year. The domestic growth reflects both an improvement in average load factors and capacity increases across the network, with an additional 238,000 (+3.1%) seats in comparison to the previous corresponding period.

Regional passengers decreased by -4.7% on prior year primarily as a result of a reduction in resource industry related traffic, however, this somewhat stabilised in the second half.