Adelaide Airport welcomes new QantasLink Kangaroo Island flights

Monday 5 June, 2017

Adelaide Airport has welcomed the announcement this morning that QantasLink will operate
services between Adelaide (ADL) and Kangaroo Island (KGC) from 4 December this year.
The new service will operate five times a week between December and March, and three
times a week between April and November. It will utilise a Dash-8 Q300 50-seater aircraft on
the route.
The 35-minute service will depart Adelaide at 10.40am while return flights will depart
Kingscote at 11.45am on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Flights are
now on sale with special launch airfares starting at $99 one-way.
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said the new QantasLink service, which
will operate in addition to the existing REX Airlines service, will significantly improve access
to Kangaroo Island for both tourists and island residents.
“Kangaroo Island is a must-see destination for visitors to South Australia. It’s truly one of the
most spectacular places to visit in Australia due to its rugged landscape and abundance of
wildlife,” Mr Young said.
“We’re confident the new QantasLink service will further lift the profile of this amazing
destination and attract more travellers from around the globe.
“We also believe the new service will act as a gentle reminder to people who live in South
Australia that they have an internationally-recognised destination on their doorstep and that
they should look local for their next holiday.
“The short flight to Kangaroo Island also offers stunning views of the south coast, Fleurieu
Peninsula and across Backstairs Passage.”
REX Airlines currently operates return services up to three times daily between Adelaide and
Kangaroo Island.

RIP Capt. Paul Daw 1957 – 2017

We morn the loss of a friend and all round great guy. The fiveDME crew are devastated at the death of Capt. Paul Daw in an air crash at Renmark in South Australia on 30-05-2017.

We all new Paul from our involvement with the aviation industry here in South Australia. Paul was an avid plane spotter and most of the spotting community knew him very well. Paul also assisted me when I first started fiveDME and I will always be grateful.

We all see these incidents on the news all the time but it hits hard when it’s in one’s own circle.

Most pilots have a job.  Paul was always doing something with aviation. Whether flying for work, on airport crawls with his brother Nigel (Plane Spotting) or volunteering as the (Aviation) Collection Manager at the South Australian Aviation Museum. It was Paul’s life.

He always had time for anyone and he would always ask how you were doing, especially, if he’d not seen you in a while. He made time to do anything related to aviation.

We will never forget!

RIP Paul

David and all the crew at fiveDME.


Adelaide Airport reaches 8 million passengers in 2016

Tuesday 17 January, 2017

Adelaide Airport welcomed its 8 millionth passenger in a calendar year for the first time in 2016, achieving the milestone on New Year’s Eve.
The total number of international, domestic and regional passengers for 2016 was 8,007,000, up 2.5 per cent on the previous year.

The biggest increase was international passengers, with an additional 50,000 people traveling overseas in the past year. This has been on the back of the introduction of Qatar Airways services in May and China Southern in December, and new domestic services to Avalon and the Sunshine Coast.
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said there were positive signs for further strong growth as China Southern established its market and Fiji Airways started flying to Nadi in June 2017.

“It’s great to reach a milestone like this. We estimate the 8 millionth passenger would have been flying in or out of Adelaide early afternoon on New Year’s Eve,” Mr Young said.
“That equates to close to 22,000 passengers per day on average, or nearly 1,300 passengers per hour of operation (6am – 11pm).
“Adelaide Airport has come a long way in a relatively short time, particularly since the opening of the new terminal just over a decade ago.
“There are positive signs for future growth, and importantly we are continuing to upgrade facilities to cater for that demand.
“Construction of the new Atura Hotel is expected to begin early this year, and we’re working hard on plans to upgrade the terminal itself, particularly in the international area where we’ve seen the strongest growth in recent years.

“Our next likely milestone will be to hit 1 million international passengers per year, and there is a good chance we’ll reach that mark in the course of the 2017/18 financial year.”
International passenger numbers in 2016 were 924,000 – up 5.9 per cent. Domestic and regional passenger numbers increased to 7,083,000 – up 2.1 per cent.