Tuesday 25 February, 2014
Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) today announced the appointment of Rob Chapman as the company’s new Chairman.
AAL Interim Chairman, John Ward, said Mr Chapman would bring a wealth of experience to the Board as a result of his banking industry expertise and his strong advocacy for the State of South Australia.
“Mr Chapman is a highly respected business identity who has been the head of one of Australia’s largest banking groups,” Mr Ward said.
“He also has a real passion for South Australia and its economic future, as demonstrated by his roles with the SA Economic Development Board and Brand South Australia.”
Mr Chapman was Chief Executive Officer of the St George Banking Group from 2010 to 2012, and Managing Director of BankSA from 2002 to 2010.
He holds several directorships, including roles as Chairman of BankSA and the Adelaide Football Club.
Mr Chapman is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Senior Fellow of Financial Services of Australasia.
Mr Chapman replaces former Chairman, David Munt, who passed away in August, 2013 following a prolonged and valiant struggle against major illness.
Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) will start work this month to expand its apron area to the south
west of Terminal 1 to create more space for aircraft parking.
The expansion will add approximately 20,000 square metres of space to the southern apron. It
will create additional parking for an additional four aircraft.
AAL Managing Director, Mark Young, said the expansion was in response to recent and
forecast increases in the number of flights, particularly international services, landing at
“The southern apron expansion will largely cater for aircraft that are ‘laying over’ for a longer
period of time between arrivals and departures. Moving these aircraft to the southern apron,
once passengers have disembarked, then frees up more space at the terminal gates for other
in-bound aircraft,” Mr Young said.
“We have longer term plans to expand Terminal 1 to meet continued growth, but for now this
extra parking space will provide greater flexibility in managing arrivals and departures.”
The project, to be carried out by Lend Lease, will see the airside boundary fence shift 70
metres to the south-west of its current location. The area was previously used for staff car
The expansion will also require the re-alignment of part of Sir Richard Williams Avenue, which
currently provides access to the long term car park. The project is due for completion in mid
Adelaide Airport is Australia’s fastest growing capital city airport for international services, with
a 21.5 per cent increase in passenger numbers in the December quarter. In the past three
months the airport has welcomed inaugural international flights by Jetstar to Bali and Auckland,
and by AirAsia X to Kuala Lumpur.
Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) reported another ‘step change’ in international passengers in December
2013, with a record 90,000 international passengers following the commencement of Air Asia X’s Kuala
Lumpur service and Jetstar’s Auckland and Bali services. The record December result was up 24% from the
previous record set in July 2013.
Year to date international passengers increased by 23.7%, reflecting both an improvement in load factors
and a 13.8% increase in capacity.
Managing Director Mark Young said: “The commencement of Air Asia X and Jetstar this quarter is an
important achievement for Adelaide Airport, with the introduction of these carriers bringing both low cost
international travel to the Adelaide market and the option of a second carrier on several popular routes.”
Domestic passengers grew 3.9% to 3.2 million for the year to date reflecting an improvement in average load
factors and capacity increases across the network, with an additional 86,000 (2.3%) seats in comparison
with the previous corresponding period. The Adelaide – Melbourne route provided the largest contribution to
growth, with the Darwin and Gold Coast routes also showing solid growth. Domestic growth is expected to
be stimulated in the second half following the upcoming commencement of Tigerair’s Brisbane and Sydney
services in March 2014.
Regional passengers decreased by 7.6% on prior year primarily as a result of a reduction in resource
industry and related traffic.
The 5DME film crew were at Aldinga Aerodrome yesterday 22nd December 2013 for the annual Christmas Event. Santa arrived in the Waco Biplane and was greeted by nearly 100 children plus their parents, carers, friends and family.
Once again the aviation sector comes to gether to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. All the best for 2014.
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.