Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) has continued its strong international growth seen over the last two years, achieving a new record of 207,000 international passengers for the quarter ending September 2013, up 6.7% from the previous record set in March 2013.
International passengers increased by 26.1% for the quarter, reflecting both an improvement in load factors and a 13.7% increase in capacity following the commencement of Emirates and capacity increases from incumbent carriers over the last twelve months, including Singapore Airlines’ increase from 10 services per week to 12 from July 2013. The improvement in load factors is particularly pleasing given the significant increase in capacity and relatively weak economic environment and demonstrates the strong demand for additional international services into Adelaide.
AAL’s international growth has attracted interest from a number of new international carriers, with AirAsia X announcing the commencement of direct services from Adelaide to Kuala Lumpur, and Jetstar announcing the commencement of direct services to Auckland and Bali during the quarter.
Managing Director Mark Young said: “The international growth seen at Adelaide Airport continues to gain momentum as more and more carriers see the potential in the Adelaide market. We look forward to maintaining this growth as passengers take advantage of the improved connectivity available.”
Domestic passengers grew 3.6% to 1.5 million reflecting an improvement in average load factors and capacity increases across the network, with an additional 50,000 (2.6%) seats in comparison with the previous corresponding period. The Adelaide – Melbourne route provided the largest contribution to growth with an additional 37,000 passengers (7.1%), while the Sydney, Brisbane and Perth routes declined slightly against the prior year.
Regional passengers decreased by 7.5% on prior year as a result of the weak economic conditions and reduction in mining traffic.
Parafield Airport will again offer a Youth Flying Scholarship in 2014 for one person from the local northern Adelaide region wanting to train to become a commercial pilot.
Following the success of the inaugural scholarship in 2013, Parafield Airport Ltd (PAL) will offer a further scholarship, valued at $60,000, to anyone aged between 18 and 25 who is active or lives in the greater Salisbury catchment area, which surrounds the airport.
The scholarship is provided in conjunction with Flight Training Adelaide, Northern Futures and the City Of Salisbury.
Parafield Airport Ltd Managing Director Mark Young said the scholarship would cover all tuition fees and uniforms, and will equip the graduate with the skills necessary to seek employment as a pilot.
“We wanted to make a significant commitment to employment in the region and to aviation training,” Mr Young said.
“Our inaugural winner, Bradley Conway, has already proven himself to be a worthy recipient of the 2013 Parafield Airport Youth Flying Scholarship, and is very close to completing his training.
“The successful scholarship recipient, on completion of the year-long training program, will be awarded with a Commercial Pilots Licence, which is an invaluable qualification for anyone looking to start a career in aviation.”
As part of the application process, PAL is looking for someone with a demonstrated desire to fly and pursue an aviation career, a history of general excellence – both academic and in other fields – and strong written and verbal communication skills.
Applications close November 1, 2013. Further details are available on line at www.parafieldairport.com.au .
The newest member to join the 5DME team is Lucianne van Gelder. Lucianne is a pilot and has been involved with aviation for some time. She is a member of the Aldinga Aero Club and now will be one of our on screen presenters.
See a short hello message video from Lucianne:
This week the 5DME team welcomes Lucianne van Gelder to our team. Lucianne will be taking up the role as one of our presenters in 5DME videos and we look forward to seeing her on-line.
Lucianne will be interviewing some of our guests in the new WORKING AIRPORT series that we are currently recording. Team Leader, David Hales says, “It will be great to have a break from in front of the camera and get back to producing and editing.”
Lucianne is an aspiring pilot herself and is currently taking lessons at Adelaide Biplanes. She is on the Aldinga Aero Club Committee and has a great knowledge of aviation.
Viewers should see Lucianne in our videos very soon.
Tuesday 3 September, 2013
Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) has welcomed today’s announcement by Jetstar that it will fly three non-stop services a week between Adelaide and Auckland, starting December 16, 2013.
AAL Managing Director, Mark Young, said the new service would now provide travellers with a choice of airline between the two cities, creating greater accessibility and affordability for passengers. Air New Zealand currently services the route with six flights a week.
“For some time we’ve had the view that there were opportunities to create additional choice on this route, so we see today’s announcement by Jetstar as a great result for Trans-Tasman travellers,” Mr Young said.
“It creates new opportunities for South Australians heading to New Zealand, as well as boosting tourism in South Australia.
“Adelaide Airport has been Australia’s fastest growing capital city airport for international services for the past couple of years, and these new flights will help to continue that trend.”
Flights will operate every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, arriving and departing Adelaide late afternoon. Jetstar will utilise A320 aircraft on the route.
Today Airservices Australia held the official opening ceremony for the new control tower at Adelaide Airport. Special guests included the Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Local MP Steve Georganis, Dr Warren Mundy from Airservices and Mark Young from Adelaide Airport.
Friday 23 August, 2013
ADELAIDE AIRPORT’S NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART CONTROL TOWER
Adelaide Airport Ltd (AAL) has welcomed the opening of a new state-of-the-art air traffic control tower this morning by Deputy Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese.
The $16.9 million Airservices Australia tower represents a generational change in air traffic control, moving from a paper-based system to electronic.
The 44-metre high tower, built by Hansen Yuncken, is more than twice the height of the old tower.
AAL Managing Director, Mark Young, said Airservices Australia and the airport had been collaborating on the project for several years.
“The new tower adds yet another layer of safety and efficiency for passengers travelling to and from Adelaide Airport,” Mr Young said.
“Having a modern air traffic control facility matches our commitment to operate Australia’s most modern airport.
“The vastly improved air traffic control system will also help meet demand as our domestic and international services continue to grow strongly.
“This is another reminder of how fast technology and the aviation industry at large changes, and is a reminder that we must keep investing ahead of the curve.
“Airports are essential to the Australian economy and contribute about $17.3 billion to the Gross Domestic Product. This shows why the efficient use of our airspace and airport infrastructure is so vital to ongoing growth.”
The new air traffic control tower is 44 metres high, and was built with 2,000 cubic metres of concrete and 250 tonnes of reinforcement. It replaces the existing tower that was built in 1983.
Adelaide Airport achieves 14.8% international passenger growth in FY13
Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) recorded another year of outstanding growth in international passengers for FY13, with international passenger numbers up 14.8% on prior year. Adelaide Airport was the fastest growing Australian capital city airport for international travel in FY12, and looks likely to retain this position for FY13.
International capacity grew by 245,000 seats (27.1%) in FY13 following the commencement of Emirates and additional services from incumbent carriers Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.
Managing Director Mark Young said: “The international growth is a pleasing result and demonstrates the significant demand for direct services out of Adelaide. We continue to work with new and existing airlines in order to improve the number of services and destinations available.”
Despite the significant capacity growth, AAL estimate that approximately 40 – 50% of passengers travelling internationally do so via other international ports, indicating there are still significant opportunities for new carriers and additional service frequencies.
Domestic passengers grew 2.9% to 6.0 million due to capacity increases across the network, with an additional 569,000 (8.1%) seats for the year in comparison to the previous corresponding period. The Adelaide – Brisbane route provided the largest contribution to growth with an additional 48,000 passengers (7.0%), followed by Melbourne and Sydney with 44,000 and 40,000 additional passengers respectively.
Regional passengers increased by 1.2% on prior year. The second half of the year in particular has seen a decline in traffic to key mining locations, including Olympic Dam.
The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
AirAsia X will join South Australia’s airline market as the only low-cost long-haul carrier after
announcing a direct Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide route to begin in October this year.
Premier Jay Weatherill said the introduction of AirAsia X would make Adelaide an affordable destination
for people and tourists from South East Asia, China and India.
“We have been working hard to attract a low-cost international carrier and AirAsia X is a very welcome
addition,” Mr Weatherill said.
“These low-cost flights – five times a week from the end of November – will make South Australia a
more affordable and appealing destination to tourists in our key Asian markets.”
“AirAsia X’s links into China will also help us capitalise on our fastest growing international market.”
“With more affordable international links, we also hope to see more conferences in Adelaide and more
international students being visited by family and friends.
“SA will now exceed its 2020 target for international airline seats into Adelaide. From November, we will
welcome more than 12,200 international airline seats each week, well above the 11,500 target.”
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell says economic modeling by the South Australian Tourism Commission
suggests the new airline will create more than $30 million of local economic activity a year and create
more than 170 jobs.
He said the State Government will set up a cooperative marketing agreement with the airline which will
see South Australia’s wildlife, food and wine and shopping experiences promoted throughout Malaysia.
“Through this low cost carrier we will be targeting new markets with deals designed to drive volume
sales and larger numbers of visitors to our State,” Mr Bignell said.
“AirAsia X has a strong track record of significantly increasing consumer demand for destinations when
they enter a new market.
“We have a strong aviation strategy and our partnership with Adelaide Airport is paying dividends with
two new international airlines secured within two years. It’s an exciting time of growth for our
international tourism potential.”
AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani has been taking in South Australia’s attractions over the past few
days and says securing the Adelaide route had been a priority for the airline.
“Our goal since launching our first Australian service on the Gold Coast in 2007 was to operate in the
five major mainland states, and we are proud to have accomplished this within six years,” Mr Osman-
“We are very excited to finally touch down in South Australia and bring some much needed competition
to the skies.
“South Australia has a lot of diverse experiences to offer and has long been waited for on our network.”
Adelaide Airport Ltd Managing Director Mark Young welcomed today’s announcement by AirAsia X and
said it would be the first international, low-cost carrier to fly to and from Adelaide.
“The arrival of AirAsia X will make international travel more accessible for South Australian travellers,
as well as attracting overseas visitors to Adelaide,” Mr Young said.
“We’ve been talking to AirAsia X since they first started looking to the Australian market in 2007, so it’s
great to see those discussions coming to fruition.
“Adelaide Airport has been the fastest growing international capital city airport in Australia over the past
year, and today’s announcement will provide a further boost to our expanding list of international
AirAsia X is part of the AirAsia group of airlines based in Kuala Lumpur and carries 16 million
passengers each year to over 80 destinations. AirAsia X already flies to Melbourne, the Gold Coast,
Perth and Sydney while Air Asia flies into Darwin.
Friday 19 July, 2013
Adelaide Airport has become the first airport in Australia, and the second international airport in the world, to feature in Google Maps using Google’s indoor ‘Street View’ technology through its Google Business Photos initiative.
The navigation works like Street View so viewers can explore both the departures and arrivals levels of Adelaide Airport’s main terminal building, T1.
The technology even lets you ‘walk’ down one of the aerobridges and out alongside the edge of the runway in a 360 degree experience.
Carlos Zuluaga, one of Google’s ‘trusted photographers’ and who shot the images, said he understood Adelaide Airport was one of the first in the world to provide an interactive virtual tour in Google Maps for their visitors utilising the Google Business Photos program.
“Google Business Photos is being used more and more by businesses around Australia, particularly retailers, hotels and restaurants, but very few have been done on this scale,” Mr Zuluaga said.
“Adelaide Airport’s terminal was chosen because it’s currently the newest and most modern looking of Australia’s airports, so the images look very good. It was great to have access to the tarmac and even shoot by the edge of the runway – places that the general public can’t otherwise access.”
This virtual tour is composed of high quality 2436 HDR (High Dynamic Range) images linked together in 203 panoramic photos to cover the two levels of the terminal, the short-term car park and the pedestrian plaza. The photo shoot took three days.
Adelaide Airport Ltd Managing Director, Mark Young, said it was great to be able to use the latest Google Street View technology and Google Business Photos to showcase the domestic and international terminal, and the newly completed short term car park and plaza.
“Adelaide Airport’s main terminal remains the most modern and innovative of all the capital city airports in Australia, so we welcome the opportunity to show off what we have to a wider audience,” Mr Young said.
A link to the Adelaide Airport in Google Maps can be found here: http://goo.gl/maps/lo5Bw