Aviation Now – March 2014 Episode

This month we attend the Singapore Airlines 30 year celebrations at Adelaide Airport and we talk to Mark Young about the recent development plans and what we can expect in the future at Adelaide Airport.


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Singapore Airlines celebrates 30 years in Adelaide

Monday 31 March, 2014


Singapore Airlines today (Monday, March 31) will celebrate 30 years of flying to and from Adelaide with a water cannon salute and an event to thank local tourism and travel operators.

The airline’s inaugural service, a Boeing 747, landed in Adelaide on March 31, 1984, less than 18 months after the opening of Adelaide Airport’s international terminal.

The airline currently operates up to 12 services a week out of Adelaide – more than any other international carrier – and is Adelaide’s longest serving international airline.

Adelaide Airport Ltd Managing Director, Mark Young, said Singapore Airlines had long been the backbone of Adelaide’s international offerings.

“Singapore Airlines was a groundbreaker in providing South Australians with one-stop connections to Europe and the UK, rather than having to backtrack via Sydney or Melbourne,” Mr Young said.

“Back in 1984 there were just a small handful of international flights – now we have more than 50 departures during the peak summer period to multiple destinations and countries.


“They have provided a vital link for South Australians heading overseas, and a catalyst for increasing international visitor numbers to Adelaide and South Australia.”

Singapore Airlines Manager South Australia Hugh Chevrant-Breton said: “This is a great achievement and we are delighted to celebrate it with Adelaide Airport and the South Australian Tourism Commission. Their continued support along with our loyal customers and trade partners remains a key priority for us.

“We have come a long way to establish ourselves as South Australia’s leading international airline in terms of size and quality, with great connectivity to both Europe and Asia. We employ 34 staff here and will continue to work hard to be the airline of choice for South Australians.”

SATC CEO Rodney Harrex said Singapore Airlines had made a significant contribution to South Australia over the past 30 years.

“Tourism is a $5 billion industry in South Australia and employs 32,000 South Australians, with international visitation worth almost $700 million annually,” Mr Harrex said.

“Since March 1984 this airline has brought hundreds of thousands of visitors from all around the world to our State, who have invested millions of dollars into the local economy.

“Singapore Airlines is also a valued marketing partner of the South Australian Tourism Commission, and we have worked closely together since 2006 on a range of cooperative marketing campaigns in our key international markets.”


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

Adelaide Airport.

“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 records another ‘step change’ in international passenger numbers.


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.

Santa visits Adelaide Biplanes

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.



Merry Christmas

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 achieves record number of international passengers in Q1 FY14


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.

Air Asia X Adelaide Launch


Today 31-10-13 AirAsia X BERHAD touched down in Adelaide marking the commencement of more affordable international air travel. There will be four flights per week and fares start from $199AUD..


Read the press release HERE.

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