Adelaide Airport Limited

About Adelaide Airport

Adelaide Airport Limited purchased the operating leases for Adelaide and Parafield Airports in May 1998, to operate both airports for the next 50 years with an option for a further 49 years.

Adelaide Airport is currently the fourth-largest domestic airport and sixth-largest international airport in Australia. It is the aviation gateway to South Australia and processes more than  seven  million passengers annually.

Parafield Airport is South Australia's premier general aviation airport and is a major world standard international training airport.

Our Vision

To be a top tier Airport Business Centre in Asia Pacific, recognised for delivering exceptional outcomes to our customers, partners, shareholders and community.

Our Mission

To realise our vision, we will consistently:

  • nurture strong relationships with our stakeholders;
  • offer a great customer experience;
  • develop the expertise of our talented team;
  • deliver high quality facilities and services that are regarded as best in class, safe, secure and sustainable;
  • strive for innovative solutions and continuous improvement; and
  • partner responsibly with our community.

Our Values

I Conduct ourselves with INTEGRITY
P Take PRIDE in our achievements
O Be OPEN and friendly and encourage diversity
R Build RELATIONSHIPS based on trust
T Foster great TEAMS

Board Members and Ownership

Our Directors are: Rob Chapman (Chairman), Mark Young (Managing Director), John Ward, Jay Hogan, Anne Howe, Chris McArthur, Alan Mulgrew and Jim Tolhurst.

For information outlining ownership of Adelaide Airport Limited, please download this fact sheet.


1927 - 2005

Adelaide's original Commonwealth Government aerodrome, purchased from Captain Harry Butler, was developed in 1921 on just 24 hectares of land at Hendon (the site of the former Philips factory and SA Film Corporation), nine kilometers from the city the aerodrome provided facilities for airmail services between Adelaide and Sydney.

By 1927 Adelaide's aviation needs had grown considerably. The site of today's  Parafield  Airport was acquired and progressively developed. By 1941 it was clear once again that the State's aviation needs had yet again outgrown Parafield. The West Torrens site, also known as West Beach, was chosen for Adelaide Airport.

Work on the new airport began in 1947 with flights commencing in 1954 and the first regular transport services in February 1955. Interestingly, the first passenger terminal was a lean-to on one of the large hangars at the airport. It was not until 1957 that the Commonwealth funded and built what was  designed only to be a temporary passenger terminal, however its use for domestic and regional traffic continued until October 2005.

Regular International services began in November 1982 with the construction of a separate International terminal building to accommodate an influx of overseas visitors.

Terminal One - T1 - October 2005

Construction of the $260 million Adelaide Airport Multi User Integrated Terminal - one of South Australia's largest and most significant privately funded civil infrastructure projects - commenced in November 2003.

Terminal 1 was officially opened by Prime Minister John Howard in October 2005, and provides a considerable upgrade on former airport facilities for regional, domestic and international passengers.

Highlights of Terminal 1 include:

  • 14 glass-sided aerobridges
  • State-of-the-art passenger facilities, flight information and security systems specified for use well into the future;
  • Retail centre and high quality public and airline lounges;
  • 42 common use check-in counters;
  • Nine automated baggage carousels; and
  • Under-cover drop-offs and expanded taxi/bus ranks.

T1 has an extensive retail area featuring a wide range of exclusively South Australian brands. As well as eight food and beverage outlets, the retail mall offers a selection of fashion, gifts, souvenirs, confectionery, newsagencies, currency exchange, ATMs and service outlets including a pharmacy, post office and cosmetic/skin care retail outlets.

T1 was constructed by the privately owned Adelaide Airport Limited, whose shareholders include Australian superannuation funds.

Vickers Vimy and Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Memorial

A memorial building at Adelaide Airport commemorates the first official flight from England to Australia - the Air Race of 1919 with Adelaide brothers Ross and Keith Smith. The restored Vickers Vimy converted bomber (Registration G-EAOU) flown by the famous aviators is housed inside the building for public display.

The epic long distance flight was made just 16 years after the Wright Brothers flew the first-ever powered aircraft.

The Vimy crew set out from Hounslow, London on November 12, 1919, and reached Darwin 28 days later to claim the £10,000 Commonwealth Government prize as the first Australians to fly from England to Australia in less than 30 days. The Smith Brothers were knighted by His Majesty, George V, on December 22, 1919. Sir Ross was born at Semaphore and Sir Keith in North Adelaide.

Flying with the Smith Brothers on their epic journey were mechanics Sergeant J. M. Bennett of St Kilda, Victoria, and Sergeant Wally Shiers of Stepney, SA. Both mechanics received bars to their Air Force medals and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Adelaide Airport and Arts SA worked together to develop the new Vimy Walk - stretching from Terminal 1 to the Memorial building - marking each stopping point that the Vimy made on its epic route to Australia. Don't forget to have a look on your next visit.

Terms & Charges

Annual Reports

Adelaide Airport Annual Report 2013 / 2014

2013 / 2014

2013 / 2014


Adelaide Airport Annual Report 2012 / 2013

View online or download PDF - Editorial / Financials

Adelaide Airport Annual Report 2011 / 2012

View online or download PDF - Editorial / Financials

Imports and Exports

This page connects you to a comprehensive summary of statistical data giving you the what, where and when South Australian airfreight is imported or exported to and from the State.

Management Centre Office Hours

Management Centre office hours are Monday to Friday, 8.00 am to 5.30 pm

Careers at Adelaide Airport

Adelaide Airport – A great place to work

Adelaide Airport is a vibrant and dynamic place to work, with more than 7.4 million passengers passing through our terminal each year.  We are the fifth largest domestic and sixth largest international airport in Australia.

Adelaide Airport Ltd has a dedicated, responsive team responsible for the ongoing management and operation of the airport working in close cooperation with regulatory agencies, airlines and tenants. We have a diverse workforce and our staff are employed in some of the following areas.

• Airside Safety Officers
• Airport Coordination Operators
• Customer Service
• Grounds and Maintenance
• Business Systems 
• IT

What we offer

In addition to the usual salary entitlements, we also offer:

• Training & development opportunities
• Family friendly and flexible workplace (where operationally possible)
• Career progression and cross training opportunities
• Generous 12-weeks paid maternity leave in addition to the Commonwealth Government’s 18-weeks paid maternity leave scheme
• Study leave

A healthy workplace

We consider the health and wellbeing of our staff a key priority for operating a successful business. Through our Wellness Program, we offer:

• 24/7 counselling service for staff and their immediate families through our employer assistance provider
• Annual free vision and hearing assessments
• Flu shot reimbursement
• On-site gym
• In-season fresh fruit delivered to the workplace

Our job opportunities are usually advertised in the employment sections of mainstream press, and online through popular job-seeker websites. Note that we do not advertise job opportunities on the Adelaide Airport website.

Aviation Careers

If you’re looking for a career with one of our aviation partners, you can find out more by following the links below to their Careers pages. 

Domestic Airlines

Jetstar careers



Virgin Australia


Regional Airlines

Air South Charter





Sharp Airlines




Toll Dnata

Advertising Opportunities

oOh! Media 
oOh! Media manages the internal and external airport terminal precinct advertising at Adelaide Airport. oOh! offers an extensive range of advertising formats in specifically located high-traffic areas to ensure maximum exposure. Media options include digital networks offering flexibility and real-time messaging, to high-impact billboards and light-boxes. If you are interested in advertising opportunities in Adelaide Airports terminal precinct, please contact: Elise Taylor - Commercial Director - Fly 
APN News & Media
APN manages all the roadside ‘supersite’ billboard advertising at Adelaide Airport (Tapleys Hill Road & Sir Donald Bradman Drive) and Parafield Airport (Main North Road). Please contact Peter Franklin – Commercial Director – APN Outdoor  if you are interested in Roadside advertising opportunities at Adelaide Airport.

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