Airport Guide: Adelaide Airport
Adelaide Airport is the fifth biggest airport in Australia and is important for both, domestic and international traffic. The airport serves a little less than ten million passengers and offers a little less than ten international routes on a permanent basis.
After Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, Adelaide Airport is the fifth biggest airport in Australia and serves as a hub for Qantas as well as several regional airlines. Adelaide Airport is very important for services to mining cities in the area as well as freight flights.
There are also important international passenger routes to cities like Dubai, Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Singapur, Hong Kong or Auckland.
Biggest airlines at Adelaide Airport:
- Qantas: several domestic routes
- Jetstar Airways: several domestic routes and flights to Bali
- Virgin Australia: several domestic routes
Shopping and dining at Adelaide Airport
While Adelaide Airport isn’t especially big, there is a good choice of dining and shopping options at the airport. There are several cafés, bars and restaurants including fast food chains like Hungry Jack’s or Subway. Some are to be find before, others after security.
The same is true for the shopping options at Adelaide Airport. These include mainly shops for daily needs, souvenirs, beauty and such. However, there are also some clothing as well as jewlery stores and a few other options to get some shopping done.
Sleeping at Adelaide Airport
Due to its proximity to the city, there are no proper airport hotels at Adelaide Airport. The lack of international transit flights might also be a reason for a lack of demand for a proper airport. Thus, we’d recommend just booking a room in the hotel of your choice in the city instead of bothering to search a hotel near the airport. It’s also not possible to sleep at the airport itself as it closes from 11pm to 4am.
Lounges at Adelaide Airport
As Adelaide Airport is relatively small, there are not many lounges. The only three airlines offering lounges are Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia.
There’s a Qantas Club in the domestic area and a Qantas Business Lounge in the international area. Virgin Australia just operates a single lounge. In addition, Singapore Airlines operates its own lounge for passengers on the flight to Singapore.
Lounges at Adelaide Airport:
- Qantas Club: Qantas Club members and oneworld Business and First Class passengers and oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members
- Qantas International Business Lounge : oneworld Business and First Class passengers and oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members; eligible Air New Zealand passengers
- Singapore Airlines Lounge: Star Alliance Business and First Class passengers and Star Alliance Gold members
- Virgin Australia Lounge: Virgin Australia The Business guests, Lifetime Lounge members as well as Velocity Platinum and Gold members; eligible Etihad Airways partners status guests
Transportation at Adelaide Airport
Due to its proximity to the city, Adelaide Airport is well connected with Downtown Adelaide by public transportation. The JetBus service connects the airport with the Central Business District and Glenelg. There are three routes J1, J1X and J3 with J1X being the quickest way to get to the city center. Line J3 gets you to Glenelg. Ticket prices are reasonable and the bus takes less than 30 minutes to the city center. You may also take a taxi or an Uber, which are slightly quicker, but also more expensive.