International flights boost to South Australia
Monday 4 July, 2022
South Australia’s tourism industry is set to be bolstered with a surge in the number of
international flights into Adelaide, helping bring more visitors from some of the state’s key
markets in time for the school holidays.
The first Air New Zealand flight in 11 months arrives in Adelaide from Auckland this morning,
restarting the airline’s direct flights from South Australia’s once $45 million Kiwi market.
Fiji Airways also returns to Adelaide today, with its first flight direct from Nadi since 2019 –
providing greater access for SA travellers.
Both Air New Zealand and Fiji Airways also provide excellent connections to and from the
Air New Zealand arrives at 10.55am and departs at 11.55am. Fiji Airways arrives at 11.20am
and departs at 12.35pm.
It follows Qatar Airways increasing services from Doha to Adelaide and onto Auckland from
three to five flights weekly from the start of this month.
Media note: Adelaide Airport Managing Director Brenton Cox and SA Tourism
Commission Chief Executive Rodney Harrex will be available for interview from
10.50am outside International Arrivals on the ground floor. You can also film
passengers checking in anytime from 9.00am, and first passengers arriving through
International Arrivals from approximately 11.15am.
Adelaide Airport is already forecasting its busiest day since the pandemic, with close to
30,000 passengers expected to pass through the terminal on Friday for the start of school
holidays. It eclipses the 26,000 passengers who travelled through the airport on Easter
The number of weekly domestic airline seats has exceeded pre pandemic levels and will be
further bolstered by Qantas’ new seasonal route, connecting Adelaide and Albury from this
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Brenton Cox, said it was great to see the return of Fiji
Airways and Air New Zealand as people rediscovered the joy of exploring the world.
“We know there is significant pent-up demand for South Australians wanting to head
overseas again as well as visitors coming to our State, and both Air New Zealand and Fiji
Airways have recognised the strength of our market,” Mr Cox said.
“In both cases, flights will arrive in Adelaide late morning and depart around lunchtime, so
they are very family-friendly timeslots.”