Construction has started on the new $50 million, 165-room Atura Hotel at Adelaide Airport. Premier entertainment, hospitality and leisure company, Event Hospitality & Entertainment Ltd (EVENT), will develop and operate Atura Hotels, a new seven-storey design-driven hotel directly adjacent the domestic and international terminal.


“We are thrilled to deliver Atura Hotels to South Australia,” said Jane Hastings, Chief Executive Officer of Event Hospitality & Entertainment, “Atura will provide the 8 million passengers flying into Adelaide each year the opportunity to experience the Atura philosophy of value driven urban design, quality food and beverage, and great local hospitality.”


Anticipated to launch in the December 2018 quarter, the hotel is being developed under EVENT’s multi award-winning Atura brand and will feature a restaurant and bar, a business centre, flexible function and meeting spaces plus a port-cochere for guest drop off and collection.


Urban, industrial and design-inspired, Atura’s signature free-flowing communal spaces will be a key design feature at the Adelaide Airport hotel; the restaurant, bar, lobby and general public spaces will integrate seamlessly with the broader airport terminal and can be accessible by all travellers, not just hotel guests.  A walkway will directly link the hotel with the airport’s Level 2 domestic and international check-in area.


It is estimated 350 construction and related jobs will be created during the construction works. Under the direction of its experienced local team in Adelaide, national construction group Built is appointed as the major contractor on the project having delivered EVENT’s first Atura Hotel in Blacktown and QT Hotels and Resorts across Australia.


Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said: “The Atura Hotel will be a focal point of our long term vision to create an easy, seamless connection between our aeronautical activities and our planned Airport Business District.


“More than 8 million people fly in and out of Adelaide Airport each year, and many of our customers have indicated they would welcome the convenience of an airport hotel to enable catching early morning flights after meetings or conferences.


“There are more than 8,700 people directly employed on the airport and many business people fly to Adelaide to conduct business solely at the airport.  We expect demand to grow as passenger numbers continue to increase, and we develop our Airport Business District infrastructure and expand our terminal facilities.


“We believe the Atura Hotel offers a real point of difference to the airport precinct.  It’s great to see construction underway and we look forward to welcoming the first customers late next year.”


Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill, said: “The construction of this hotel is further evidence that South Australia is an attractive investment destination, contrary to what others might suggest.

“Adelaide Airport is the nation’s fastest growing international airport with the recent additions of airlines such as Qatar Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Fiji Airways and I’m pleased to welcome Atura Hotel today.”


Launched in late 2013 with the opening of Atura Blacktown in Sydney, the brand delivers a fresh take on the hotel experience fusing edgy design, high-energy public areas and the latest technology.


The force behind some of Australia’s most iconic event and hospitality brands, EVENT’s enviable portfolio includes luxury QT Hotels and Resorts, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, Art Series Hotels, Thredbo Resort and Event cinema group.





About Atura Hotels:

Urban, industrial and art-inspired, Atura Hotels are where modern business and leisure travellers escape the predictable to embrace a new style of travel. This fresh take on the mid-market travel experience fuses dynamic communal spaces, hip styling and the latest technology at surprisingly affordable prices ensuring guests feel connected and energised.  Expect free Wi Fi and a host of other benefits.  Engagement with surrounding communities and active support of the local music & art scene are fundamental to the Atura brand philosophy.


The Atura Hotels concept was curated by the same collaborators behind the company’s multi-award winning designer QT Hotels and Resorts brand.


The multi-award winning hotel brand boasts three properties in its current portfolio including Atura Blacktown, Atura Albury which officially opened in January 2015 and Atura Dandenong which opened in April 2015. Further expansion will see Atura Adelaide Airport open late-2018.

About Event Hospitality and Entertainment Limited:

Event Hospitality & Entertainment (EVT) is Australia’s premier entertainment, hospitality and leisure company. Event has proud and historic origins dating back to 1910 and currently operates within the following business segments:


•             Entertainment – Event Cinemas (Australia, New Zealand & Fiji), Greater Union, Birch Carroll & Coyle Moonlight Cinemas, State Theatre Sydney and Cinestar (Germany)

•             Hospitality and Leisure – QT Hotels & Resorts, Rydges Hotels, Atura Hotels, Art Series Hotels, Eventhouse Hotels and Thredbo Alpine Village

•             Entertainment Technology – Edge Digital & Technology

•             Property and Other Investments


Event has a portfolio of diversified businesses and a history of solid financial performance. Event has attractive add-on and growth opportunities with strong management and supportive shareholders. Event was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in 1962 and currently has around 5,000 shareholders. Event trades under the ASX code of EVT.



About Adelaide Airport Limited:


Adelaide Airport serves close to 8 million domestic and international passengers annually with efficient, world-class services connecting with Asia Pacific and the Middle East.  It is the prime gateway to South Australia and just 6km from the city CBD.


The airport’s state-of-the-art terminal provides a complete customer experience with its highly flexible check-in and gate facilities, vibrant retail and dining precinct, and free Wi-Fi access.


Adelaide Airport has recently announced a 30-year Vision that will include an Airport Business District – a globally connected, next generation hub, with designated industry clusters – a new hotel and expansion of the main terminal.

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.