Adelaide Airport (ADL) Information
(Adelaide, South Australia - SA, Australia)
Adelaide's aviation history is certainly a lengthy one, with its earliest aerodrome dating right back to 1921. However, it was not until the 1950s that the current Adelaide Airport actually came into being, replacing the already existing airfield of Parafield.
Today, Adelaide Airport ranks as Australia's number six in terms of size and passenger volume, with an average of more than 600,000 passengers flying in and out of this facility every year - this figure is steadily rising. Passenger amenities have been constantly improved over the years, along with the overall capacity. An investment of more than $250 million in the year of 2005 saw the arrival of the new dual-use building, combining the previous domestic and international terminals.
Adelaide Airport (ADL)
Address: 1 James Schofield Drive, Adelaide, South Australia (SA), 5950, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)8 8308 9211
Adelaide's airport is to be found approximately 6 km / 4 miles to the west of the city centre. Regular flights travel to destinations throughout the world, including Bahrain, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and much of the USA. The biggest airlines residing here include the likes of Air New Zealand, Alliance Airlines, Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Regional Express, Sharp Airlines and Virgin Australia.
Adelaide Airport Guide
Tel: +61 (0)8 8308 9276
Adelaide's airport now features one single unified terminal, which serves both domestic and international flights. The terminal is capable of handling around 30 individual aircraft each hour - this equates to roughly 3,000 passengers. There are over 40 check-in desks and extensive passenger facilities.
The principal airlines operating here include Air New Zealand, Alliance Airlines, Cobham, Malaysia Airlines, Qantaslink, Regional Express Airlines and Sharp Airlines. Jetstar Airways, Qantas and Virgin Australia connect the majority of the country's top cities and tourist destinations, such as Alice Springs, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
- Travelex currency exchange and travel insurance
- 24-hour cash machines (ATMs), postal facilities and public telephones
- Restaurants, cafés, fast-food outlets and other eateries. These include the 1862 Bar, Billie Chu, the Cafe Terra Rosa, Cibo Espresso, the Coopers Ale House, Dreamy Donuts, Grinders Coffee, Hudsons Coffee, Hungry Jacks, Icons of South Australia, and the Villa and Hut Kafe
- More than 30 shops including the Australian Way, Bijoux Terner, Blue Illusion, Duty Free Stores Australia, Icons of South Australia, Netkiosk, Newslink, Purely Australian, Purely Merino, Relay, Ripcurl, Rolling Luggage, Shades Sunglasses, Tie Rack and Virgin Entertainment
- Car hire companies - including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty Car Rental
- Business facilities are available within the terminal, including a large conference room, VIP lounges, telephones, Internet access, fax machines and rooms designed for meetings
- Short-term and long-term parking is available directly outside, within the new AU$100 million multi-storey car park
- Special facilities for disabled passengers
- Other facilities include a useful passenger information desks manned by 'Airport Ambassadors' in distinctive burgundy jackets, baby changing rooms, medical services manned by the neighbouring South Australian Ambulance services, a play area for children, lockers, a prayer room and wireless Internet access
By car, central Adelaide is reachable in around 10 to 15 minutes, depending upon the time of day. An access road provides good connections to the terminal, offering links to the Sir Richard Williams Drive, which in turn leads on to the Sir Donald Bradman Drive (A6), passing by the Netball SA Stadium before reaching Grote Street, in the city centre.
Airport buses run every 15 to 30 minutes during flight times, being operated by JetBus and connecting the city centre in approximately 20 minutes. Ticket prices vary depending upon the time of day (peak hours and off-peak) and offer unlimited transfers for a total of two hours. Multi-trip tickets can also be purchased and remain valid for a total of ten trips.
A further service is provided by SkyLink Airport Shuttles, which run to both the Keswick Interstate Railway Terminal and Adelaide's Central Business District. SkyLink buses also link the majority of the main centrally located hotels.
Adelaide Airport Flyer minibuses offer a further choice, travelling around both the city and its suburbs. The main minibus destinations include Aldinga, the Barossa Valley, Elizabeth, Gawler, Goolwa, McLaren Vale, Paralowie, Salisbury and the Victor Harbor, amongst other towns and cities.
Taxis queue up outside of the terminal, awaiting passengers and arriving flights. When three or more passengers share the cost of a taxi, this mode of transport actually becomes rather good value and may even prove to be slightly cheaper than an equivalent journey onboard a SkyLink bus. Before departing, do clarify any possible surcharges with the driver, which may include fees for excessive luggage and public holiday services.