Fiji Airways Press Release

Bula Adelaide! Fiji Airways to operate flights out of its newest Australian port, Adelaide Airport.
21 December, 2016: Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has announced plans to commence twice weekly direct services to Nadi from Adelaide commencing on Friday, June 30, 2017. As well as giving South Australians direct access to Fiji, the new route will also act as a gateway to the United States (Los Angeles and San Francisco) via Nadi.
This marks the fourth Australian leg for the airline after Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Diversifying the Australian market has been a goal of Fiji Airways for some time as so many Australians fly to Fiji every year.
“We’re delighted to launch our fourth Australian route, which will allow us to bring our unique Fijian hospitality to South Australia and will provide an alternative route to the United States via Nadi,” said Andre Viljoen, Managing Director and CEO of Fiji Airways.
The new service will be good news for the sizeable Fijian community living in South Australia.
“South Australia’s strong Fijian community will benefit from a direct connection to Nadi to bring them closer to family and friends,” said Mark Young, Managing Director at Adelaide Airport.
Furthering this, South Australians are connected like never before to the South Pacific region with Fiji Airways directly to Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu via Nadi. Fijian Attorney General and Minister for Public Enterprises and Civil Aviation, the Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the direct flights to Adelaide has come at an exciting time with the announcement of the new B737 Max 8 aircraft.

“This has further enhanced Fiji’s footprint in new ways beyond the eastern seaboard of Australia,” he said.
“This concludes a great 2016 overall for Fiji Airways with the launch of direct routes to Singapore and San Francisco earlier in the year.”
Hon. Sayed-Khaiyum said the new route couldn’t have come at a better time with Adelaide flights starting just before the second term school holidays in South Australia. South Australia Tourism Minister, Leon Bignell welcomed the announcement saying Adelaide has welcomed many airlines from around the world and Fiji Airways will provide even more options for visitors travelling to South Australia. Flights are now available for sale with return economy airfares starting from AUD799 per person.
Tickets can be purchased through the Fiji Airways website,, or by calling the Fiji Airways Global Reservations Centre.
Flight details

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About Fiji Airways: Founded in 1951, Fiji Airways Group comprises of Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline and its subsidiaries: Fiji Link, its domestic and regional carrier, Pacific Call Comm Ltd, and a 38.75% stake in the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island, Nadi. Fiji Airways has a fleet of brand new wide-body A330s and refreshed B737 aircrafts. Fiji Link has a fleet of ATR 72, ATR42 and DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. From its hubs at both Nadi and Suva International Airports, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link serve 64 destinations in 13 countries (including code-share). Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. The Fiji Airways Group brings in 64 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji, employs over 1000 employees, earn revenues of over FJD$815 million (USD $390m), and directly contribute a significant portion of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Fiji Airways rebranded from Air Pacific in June 2013. Visit for more information.
ISSUED – 21 December 2016

China Southern Airlines inaugural flight lands in Adelaide

December 13, 2016:

(PHOTO: Touch-down by David Hales)

The inaugural flight of the world’s third largest carrier – China Southern Airlines – lands at Adelaide Airport this morning, heralding a massive boost to the State’s visitor economy. The flight is the State’s first direct service from mainland China, with three weekly flights operating between Guangzhou and Adelaide on an Airbus A330-200. The service is expected to inject an annual $23.4 million dollars into South Australia’s record visitor economy. Chinese visitors currently contribute $240 million to the visitor economy with a target set for $450 million by 2020. China Southern Airlines President, Mr Tan Wangeng, led a delegation to Adelaide on the maiden flight, recognising the growing commercial and tourism opportunities between Guangzhou and Adelaide.

(PHOTO: Media Scrum by Adelaide plane spotter, Eric Erickson)

SA State Premier said, “The State Government is honoured to welcome China Southern Airlines and President Tan to Adelaide. The introduction of flights from one of the world’s largest airlines will be instrumental in boosting South Australia’s international profile and economy. This partnership will not only provide positive impacts for tourism, trade, education and investment but will create hundreds of jobs across the State. China is South Australia’s largest trade partner and the State Government is committed to expanding and identifying opportunities of mutual benefit across all sectors. With the addition of China Southern four new international routes have begun flying in to Adelaide since April 2011, with international seat numbers increasing by 58 per cent.”

(PHOTO: Water Cannon Salute by Adelaide plane spotter, Victoria Scholastica)

(PHOTO: Water Cannon Salute by Adelaide plane spotter, Tony Haynes)

SA Minister for Tourism, Leon Bignell had the following to say, “The State Government is doing everything it can to grow our visitor economy and securing China Southern is a huge win for South Australia. It’s so important our State is ready for Chinese visitors and we have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure their overall experience in SA is the best it can possibly be. For the first time visitors will be greeted with Chinese language signs at Adelaide Airport, on our main roads and key spots in the city. The State Government has also conducted China Ready workshops with tourism operators in all of the State’s regions. The visitor economy drives job growth in South Australia and, each day, we are literally surrounded by thousands of visitors from interstate and overseas. They are travellers who pump almost $6 billion into our economy. Today is an incredibly exciting day for South Australia and the transformation of our economy – not only in tourism but also for our exports. We want to fill the cargo holds of China Southern planes with our premium food and wine. This new route will create additional opportunities for tourism and trade for both cities. It’s a win-win in every possibly way.

(PHOTO: Chine Southern Greets Adelaide by David Wilkie, fiveDME)

Mark Young, Managing Director of Adelaide Airport said, “We are delighted to attract our first mainland China service, further expanding Adelaide’s international network. This new service creates significant inbound and outbound tourism opportunities as well as attractive export links into one of China’s largest cities, and in turn providing one-stop access to destinations across China. It also links Adelaide with China Southern’s Canton Route into Europe and the UK via its Guangzhou hub. We’re aware that there is strong demand from Chinese visitors for experiences that Adelaide and South Australia have to offer. The service will also connect the significant number of friends and families who live in the two regions.”

(PHOTO: Exchange of Gifts by David Wilkie, fiveDME)

The team fiveDME are please to see yet another airline take to the stage at Adelaide. Lots of people are involved in these negotiation and it just doesn’t happen without a lot of effort. Hopefully, Adelaide aviation enthusiasts will now have even more to catalouge.

(PHOTO: Meeting our locals by David Wilkie, fiveDME)

We’d like to thank the members of Adelaide Plane Spotting for giving us coverage from additional angles which made our job easier. We connot be everywhere at once.

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Premier entertainment, hospitality and leisure company, Event Hospitality & Entertainment Ltd (Event), has today announced it has reached agreement with Adelaide Airport Ltd (AAL) to develop and operate a new seven-storey, 165-room design-driven hotel within the Adelaide Airport precinct.
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 patron drop off and collect.
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.

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.
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.

“We’re delighted to be working with Adelaide Airport Ltd to deliver our dynamic, Atura brand to South Australia,” said David Seargeant, Group Managing Director of Event Hospitality and Entertainment Limited.
“Packed with personality and with a focus on great design and quality food and drink offerings, Atura Hotels offer design-savvy travellers a fresh travel experience; one we believe will hold great appeal for all airport precinct visitors and not just hotel guests.” Mr Seargeant said. “The unique design for our Adelaide Airport property will seamlessly connect the terminal and hotel with the plaza space.”

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said “Today’s announcement really kicks off our long term vision to create an easy, seamless connection between our aeronautical activities and our planned Airport Business District.”

“Atura Hotels offers contemporary and functional hospitality spaces with an exceptional food and beverage offering that we believe will offer a real point of difference to the airport precinct. We’re delighted to be selected as the first airport in Australia to welcome the brand.
“Adelaide Airport has grown substantially in recent years, and many of our passengers have indicated they would welcome the convenience of a close hotel to enable catching early morning flights after meetings or conferences.

“More than 8,700 people are 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.”

South Australian Tourism Minister, Leon Bignell, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome the award-winning Atura brand to Adelaide and to see this significant investment into our tourism infrastructure. I congratulate Adelaide Airport on its investment. The hotel development will make one of the world’s best airports even better.
“Visitors are flocking to Adelaide in record numbers to experience our vibrant city, much-loved food and wine regions, accessible natural experiences and our exciting line up of world-class events. Now, they will have a fantastic new accommodation option at the heart of our world-class airport.
“International airline seats have grown by 66 per cent in the past five years and will only grow further when we welcome new direct flights from mainland China to Adelaide in mid-December through China Southern Airlines.

This follows the introduction of Qatar Airlines to Adelaide in May – opening up connections to more than 140 destinations around the globe.
“The South Australian visitor economy is currently at a record $5.95 billion and we are working hard to achieve our goal of an $8 billion tourism industry by 2020.”
Construction is expected to start in April 2017 with an anticipated opening in the December 2018 quarter.


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 travel experience fuses dynamic communal spaces, hip styling and the latest technology ensuring guests feel connected and energised. Expect free Wi Fi and a host of other benefits.
Conceptualised by renowned hotelier and Event Hospitality and Entertainment Managing Director David Seargeant, the Atura Hotels concept was curated by the same collaborators behind the company’s multi-award winning designer QT Hotels and Resorts brand.
Atura Hotels are part of a growing trend towards design-driven hotels which offer guests more than the traditional could-be-anywhere accommodation experience; Atura does this with even more value.
Less than a year after launching, the first Atura property won several prestigious industry awards and this success has continued unabated; the brand has been named Best Mid-Range Hotel of the Year at the Tourism Accommodation Australia (NSW) Awards for Excellence for three years running.
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.

About Event Hospitality and Entertainment Limited:
Event Hospitality and Entertainment Limited (formerly AHL) is Australia’s premier entertainment, hospitality and leisure company. Event Hospitality and Entertainment has proud and historic origins dating back to 1910 and currently operates within the following business segments:
 Cinema exhibition in Australia, New Zealand and Germany through its Event, Greater Union, Birch Carroll & Coyle, GU Filmhouse, Moonlight, Rialto and Cinestar brands;
 Hotels through the Atura, QT, Rydges and Art Series brands;
 The State Theatre in Sydney;
 Thredbo Alpine Ski Resort;
 Entertainment Technology; and
 Property and Other Investments

Event Hospitality and Entertainment was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in 1962 and trades under the ASX code of EVT. It currently has a market capitalisation of approximately $2.3 billion.

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.