Next stage of Adelaide Airport terminal expansion taking shape
Adelaide Airport’s terminal expansion project is a step closer to completion with the opening of
more new retail space in September and October along the central concourse.
The newly refurbished Coopers Alehouse has started serving its first customers today,
returning to its prominent central concourse position in front of gates 19-20.
Leading news, books and convenience retailer WH Smith will open two new stores in the
terminal next month – one in the central concourse and another at the northern end of the
terminal – while The Pantry Adelaide Kitchen is also expected to open in October.
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said it was an exciting time for the airport as
new retailers opened their doors, and with an expectation visitor numbers will increase as the
national COVID vaccination rates continue to climb and border restrictions are gradually
“It’s great to see the hard work and years of planning coming to fruition. The Coopers
Alehouse refurbishment looks amazing, and my congratulations to Coopers and leading
airport food service and retail company Delaware North for the excellent result. We’re all
looking forward to seeing the restaurant and bar areas filled with customers in the hopefully
not-too-distant future as restrictions are eased and more passengers return,” Mr Young said.
“We know our customers are loving the new retail spaces, as evidenced by the popularity of
the new Southern Providore, which opened in April, and the Penfolds Wine Bar and Kitchen
along the northern concourse.
“The new retail concourse is part of Adelaide Airport’s first major expansion works since the
current terminal was opened in 2005. The terminal expansion includes a complete
refurbishment of retail areas, resulting in a more than 80 per cent increase in the overall size
of the terminal’s retail and dining precinct across domestic and international areas.
“The presence of iconic South Australian brands as well as the ultimate location of the Vickers
Vimy aircraft on the ground floor of the expanded terminal will deliver a real sense of place.”
The refurbished Coopers Alehouse has a vibrant new look but has retained a few of the
signature touches of the former bar including the large mirrors with gold-leaf artwork and
restored wooden benches.
Coopers Marketing and Innovation Director, Mr Cam Pearce, said Coopers was proud to
partner with the Adelaide Airport and Delaware North to showcase the iconic brand to
interstate and overseas travellers.
“The Coopers Airport Alehouse has been a popular destination since it opened at the Adelaide
Airport in 2005, providing the ideal place for passengers to relax while enjoying a familiar
South Australian product,” Mr Pearce said.
“Whether you’re coming back from interstate or heading off on your next adventure, there’s
nothing better than sitting down with an ice-cold Coopers beer.”
Delaware North Managing Director, Gary Brown, said: “Delaware North is excited to be part of
Adelaide Airport’s newly expanded retail and dining precinct in Terminal 1. We’re pleased to
have refurbished the iconic Coopers Alehouse, which will further enhance our guests’
experiences at this incredible venue with a new terrace providing stunning views of the
“We are immensely proud of our 25-plus year partnership with Adelaide Airport and look
forward to continued success working together.”
Adelaide Airport’s terminal expansion is on track for completion by the end of 2021, which
includes the new international arrivals hall featuring a second, longer baggage belt for arrivals,
more space for immigration processing, expanded screening facilities and a larger duty-free
Plans to relocate the historic Vickers Vimy aircraft are also progressing well, with construction
of its new home within the terminal to be completed by the end of the year ahead of the
delicate operation to move the aircraft in early 2022.