Adelaide Airport is likely to retain its position as the fastest growing Australian capital city airport for international travel, in the 2013 financial year recording 14.8 per cent growth over the prior year.
International capacity grew by more than 27 per cent following the introduction of Emirates flights and additional services from existing carriers Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.
Despite the significant capacity growth, Adelaide Airport estimates that around 40 to 50 per cent of passengers travelling internationally do so via other international ports, suggesting there is still significant scope for new carriers and additional service frequencies.
Domestic traffic grew by 2.9 per cent to six million during the year though capacity outstripped passengers by six per cent, while regional throughput increased by a modest 1.2 per cent reflecting steadily declining resources sector travel within South Australia.
Adelaide Airport managing director Mark Young said: “The international growth is a pleasing result and demonstrates the significant demand for direct services out of Adelaide. We continue to work with new and existing airlines in order to improve the number of services and destinations available.”