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Adelaide Airport achieves Australia’s highest international passenger growth

written by WOFA | August 8, 2013

Singapore Airlines increased frequency at Adelaide contributing to increased international passenger traffic. This image by Stefan Perkis shows one of the airline's A330s departing Adelaide.

Adelaide Airport is likely to retain its position as the fastest growing Australian capital city airport for international travel, in the 2013 financial year recording 14.8 per cent growth over the prior year.

International capacity grew by more than 27 per cent following the introduction of Emirates flights and additional services from existing carriers Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.

Despite the significant capacity growth, Adelaide Airport estimates that around 40 to 50 per cent of passengers travelling internationally do so via other international ports, suggesting there is still significant scope for new carriers and additional service frequencies.

Domestic traffic grew by 2.9 per cent to six million during the year though capacity outstripped passengers by six per cent, while regional throughput increased by a modest 1.2 per cent reflecting steadily declining resources sector travel within South Australia.

Adelaide Airport 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.”


  • Nigel Daw


    This is an excellent result for South Australia as local residents are increasingly enjoying the benefits of flying internationally direct. The spread of services comes from passenger pressure on the airlines and if they can make a $ they will come.

    Adelaide Airport Ltd has also continued to seek out many airlines and provide encouragement and reasons why an Adelaide gateway to the world would benefit them and the whole state.

    Scheduled international passenger flights began from Adelaide in 1982. Prior to that there were charter flights by from 1958 by operators such as Air Charter, BUA, British Eagle and Monarch until 1975.

  • Ray E


    We’ll done to Adelaide airport. Even with Qantas reducing its international flights they have managed an increase.

  • Rick


    Well Done Adelaide.
    It seems as though finally the message is getting through that South Australians want to fly direct too. It’s a shame that so many flights pass over Adelaide. Why not create Adelaide as a Hub. similar to Chicago style where it became the stopover from east to west.

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