Adelaide Airport, operated by Adelaide Airport Ltd (AAL) is South Australia’s major international gateway providing for the movement of passengers and freight in a safe, secure and efficient manner.

For individuals or organisations that would like to film or photograph at the airport for commercial purposes, please see our filming and photography guidelines below.

Adelaide Airport – Filming and Photography Guidelines

Adelaide Airport, as the international gateway to South Australia, caters for the movement of 8 million passengers a year in a safe, secure and efficient manner.

Adelaide Airport Ltd (AAL) welcomes opportunities to promote its modern, state-of-the-art facilities, and is happy to consider requests to undertake commercial filming and photography activities within the airport precinct including the main domestic and international terminal, T1.

Any filming and/or stills photography activity carried out for commercial purposes at Adelaide Airport requires the prior written permission of the airport operator, Adelaide Airport Ltd (AAL).

All requests should be made at least three weeks before the date(s) of filming by emailing airport@aal.com.au or calling +618 83089211

Filming requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis taking into account:

  • The date and time of filming;
  • The type and purpose of filming proposed;
  • The impact on airport operations, customers, tenants, airlines and regulatory agencies; and
  • Any Occupational Health & Safety implications.

It is advisable to avoid requests to film in peak times such as school holidays, public holiday periods (long weekends) and peak travel times in the morning and evening. Any filming activity must not disrupt passenger or staff movements and any direction from Adelaide Airport staff and security personnel on the day must be adhered to. AAL as a general rule is unlikely to approve requests to film ‘airside’ – eg on the tarmac or adjacent the runway. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If filming is in any way likely to identify a partner airline, tenant or regulatory agency and/or their employees, filming permission must also be sought from the relevant company or organisation.

All equipment and personnel are subject to standard security procedures. Filming of any security procedures or personnel is not allowed unless by separate prior approval from AAL.

Filming on board aircraft or of boarding procedures will require the separate permission of the relevant airline.

Adelaide Airport has a standard policy of seeking a minimum $200 donation to its nominated charity – the Royal Flying Doctor Service – in lieu of a location fee. This can be negotiated at the time of approval. Some exemptions may apply, for example filming by tenants and partner airlines, charitable organisations, non-commercial productions such as for study or research purposes, or where filming is for the benefit of the South Australian tourism industry.

Note that news and current affairs media do not need to seek prior permission to film at Adelaide Airport and are not required to make a donation. However, they must still abide by standard security and regulatory procedures and not disrupt airport operations.

Once initial approval has been granted for filming at Adelaide Airport, a location agreement must be completed and returned to AAL before the day of filming. To download the AAL location agreement, click here.