Only four airports in Australia offer more flights than Adelaide Airport, which serves 8 million passengers annually. It is near West Beach, 6km west of the Adelaide city centre. Adelaide Airport Limited operates the airport with a lease from the Commonwealth Government. The facility, established in 1955, has undergone several significant upgrades over the years.
A major project involving $165 million in improvements, which began in June 2018, was expected to cause some temporary disruptions at the main terminal. Restaurant and store areas were being expanded by 80 percent, with an anticipated 16,500 additional square metres of floor space. One of the goals was to persuade airlines to schedule more flights to Adelaide.
Nine carriers provide international flights to the airport, and there are also connections with other major Australian cities. The terminals can accommodate as many as 27 planes at a time. The airport’s amenities include lounges, restaurants, glassed-in aerobridges, ATMs and free Internet. Stores sell gifts, clothing, electronics, cosmetics and other products. There are newsagents, a pharmacy and a children’s playroom.
Jet Buses carry passengers from the airport to the city centre every 15 minutes during the day. Ticket prices are $5.10 in peak hours; $3.30 the rest of the time. The fee covers unlimited transfers within a two-hour period. An option is a $26.60 visitor pass, which is good for three days of unlimited travel. The trip into town takes 15 to 25 minutes. Skylink Adelaide offers transportation from the airport to hotels and certain other locations for $8, while taxis charge $16 to $20 for trips from the airport to the city centre. Rental cars also are available.
Many hotels are available in the city centre. Travellers looking for lodging closer to the terminals have two choices: the Esplanade Apartments at West Beach, three minutes from the airport; and the Comfort Inn Aviator’s Lodge, five minutes away.
If you want to stay near to Adelaide Airport you have many options, for example: