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As the fifth busiest airport in Australia, Adelaide Airport takes on over seven million passengers each year. Its expansive new terminal can now take on 27 aircrafts and an A380 airbus. Recent improvements to the airport itself were mostly cosmetic in nature, but the control tower has doubled in height for more visibility. Now Adelaide is able to take on larger international airlines like Thai Airways and Etihad Airways.
The Adelaide Airport was originally constructed as an aerodrome in 1921. It provided services between the Adelaide and Sydney regions, but in 1947 it was determined that the areas needed more than just a small aerodrome. Thus, construction on the airport began in 1954 and was completed in 1955. In 2005, $260 million was contributed to creating a domestic and international terminal facility to handle the overflow that other international airports in the area could no longer manage.
Car parks are available at Adelaide Airport for long and short-term parking. Rates vary depending on the hour or number of days registered for.
Travellers can get into town by taking buses or taxis. Currently there are no trains available into Adelaide at this time. Taxis are located in Terminal 1 and bus services are located in the central area of the airport.
Once in Adelaide travellers can take buses or catch a tram line that takes off every 15 minutes throughout the city. Bikes are available for rent during peak tourism months and taxis are available year-round.
Tourists are encouraged to visit the Botanic Garden that offers free guided tours daily or the art gallery located in the center of Adelaide that offers a splash of Australian art culture. The Haigh's Chocolates Visitors Center is available for travellers with a sweet tooth who want to check out the famous Haigh's Chocolate factor. Tours are available through the factor itself or other areas of the facility, but tours must be booked ahead of time.
Accommodations are located throughout Adelaide including hotels, inns, beds and breakfasts and luxury resorts. Most hotels will offer shuttles directly to Adelaide Airport.
Airport Contact Information
Airport Code: ADL
Location: Four miles west of Adelaide's center
Telephone: +61(0)8 8308 9211
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +9:30