Construction starts on Adelaide Airport terminal expansion

Construction has officially started on Adelaide Airport’s $165 million terminal expansion, which will
significantly upgrade international arrivals and departures, and create more retail and dining
options for both domestic and international travellers.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, was this morning joined by Watpac
Construction South Australia State Manager, Tim Tape, to ‘turn the first sod’ directly under the
future location of the new international departures entry point.

International upgrades will include a second, longer baggage belt for arrivals, more space for
emigration and immigration processing, expanded security screening, a larger duty free precinct
for arrivals and departures, and expanded dining and retail options.

Gate 18 will become a permanent international gate and will be the focus of the improved retail
and boarding facilities. Other international gates will continue to utilise Adelaide Airport’s unique
swing gate system to allow both international and domestic operations.

The expansion will also see a complete refurbishment of retail areas, resulting in a more than 80
per cent increase in the overall size of the terminal’s retail and dining precinct across domestic
and international areas.

Other improvements include:
• A new common user premium international lounge;
• New VIP facilities for international arrivals and departures;
• Relocation of the Virgin Australia Lounge; and
• Expansion of office space for terminal tenants including airlines and regulatory agencies.

Mr Young said the terminal expansion will ensure the airport provides the highest level of
customer experience for all travellers well into the future.
“Our aim is to provide a seamless, connected experience from the time you drive into the airport
until you board your aircraft, and vice versa,” Mr Young said.

“Significant planning and years of discussions with our key partners – including airlines, retailers
and regulatory agencies – has allowed us to reach the start of construction today.
“Initial construction works will largely be adjacent the existing terminal in the location of the
recently demolished former international terminal building, so disruptions to our customers should
be minimal.

“We’ll provide regular updates to our customers as works move into the existing terminal space.
We’ve carefully planned the sequence of construction activities to help ensure our customers are
still able to access facilities and move efficiently through the terminal at all times.”

Mr Tape said Watpac was delighted to be working with Adelaide Airport to deliver a precinct which
will offer premium facilities for travellers.

“Our experience in building major projects, including the Adelaide Airport multi-storey car park and
link bridge back in 2013, ensures we have the right capabilities in place to deliver an outstanding
facility for both locals and travellers alike,” Mr Tape said.

“This project is an important addition to the Group’s national contracting portfolio and we are very
pleased to be officially commencing works on site today.

“There is a real sense of excitement within the project team, particularly given the terrific
opportunity to be involved in such an important long term project for South Australia.”
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Adelaide Airport tops 1 million international passengers

More than 1 million international passengers passed through Adelaide Airport in the year to the end of June 2018, the first time this milestone has been reached.

An additional 52,500 international passengers travelled to and from Adelaide in 2017/18, an increase of 5.5 per cent on the previous year.

The biggest inbound increase has been in the China market, with an additional 11,000 Chinese visitors arriving over the past year.

The largest increase in outbound passenger numbers was in the Fiji market, with approximately 8,000 more South Australians making the most of the new, direct Fiji Airways service to Nadi.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said the continuing strong international growth reinforced the recent announcement to expand the main terminal, with a focus on international facilities.

“Not only are we attracting new airlines travelling to new destinations, our existing airline partners are increasing services to cater for the demand,” Mr Young said.

“Since privatisation in 1998, our international passenger numbers have more than quadrupled. The number of international destinations has increased from 4 to 9 over the same period, which in turn has created one-stop connections with more than 300 cities around the globe.

“We continue to work hard to attract new airlines flying to new locations, and the US west coast is very much on our radar.”

Mr Young said it wasn’t just travellers who benefited. More and more South Australian exporters were now taking advantage of international flights to get their products to markets around the world more quickly and efficiently.

Service increases (June 2018 v June 2017):

Airline Destination Increase

Fiji Airways Nadi 2 new flights per week Qatar Airways Doha From 5 to 7 flights per week China Southern Guangzhou From 3 to 5 flights per week (seasonal) Singapore Airlines Singapore From daily to 10 flights per week (seasonal) Jetstar Denpasar (Bali) From daily to 10 flights per week (seasonal) Air New Zealand Auckland Dreamliner 787 introduced on select services

Both Malaysia Airlines and Cathay Pacific have announced service increases in the second half of 2018. Fiji Airways will introduce its brand new B737 MAX 8 aircraft on the Adelaide-Nadi route in December.

Adelaide the first airport to welcome Fiji Airways’ new 737 MAX 8 aircraft

Adelaide Airport today welcomed Fiji Airways’ announcement that its brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 will fly between Adelaide and Nadi from December. Adelaide will be the first in the region to welcome the airline’s newest aircraft.

The MAX 8s will offer passengers premium comfort and amenities with modern interiors, reduced cabin noise, better lighting and more overhead cabin storage space.

The announcement comes just ahead of the anniversary of Fiji Airways’ inaugural Adelaide-Nadi service, which currently operates twice a week.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, congratulated Fiji for its continued growth in the Adelaide market, and for choosing Adelaide to launch its newest aircraft.

“I think customers will really notice the difference with the significantly upgraded Boeing 737 MAX 8s,” Mr Young said.

“This aircraft is seen as a game changer in aviation since its launch in 2017. It’s significantly quieter – both internally and externally – it’s more fuel efficient, and has a greater range. Customers will notice a significantly upgraded interior with more space and LED lighting.”

Mr Young said South Australians have repaid the faith shown by Fiji Airways in launching the new service last year, with strong forward bookings an important factor in attracting the upgraded MAX 8 aircraft.

“Fiji has always been a hugely popular destination with South Australian travellers, and Fiji Airways’ aircraft upgrade now makes it even more attractive,” Mr Young said.

“Fiji Airways also offers one-stop connection with the US West Coast with the added bonus of being able to stopover in beautiful Fiji.”

Services from Nadi on FJ961 depart at 4.30pm and arrive in Adelaide at 8.30pm, Monday and Friday.

Services from Adelaide on FJ960 depart at 10.00pm, Monday and Friday, and arrive in Nadi at 5.35am the following morning (all times local).