Adelaide Airport looking to significantly boost number of direct flights to international destinations

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Adelaide Airport is looking to leverage the return of Emirates by attracting more airlines offering direct flights to major international cities.

“At the moment only two thirds of people travelling (internationally) to and from Adelaide can go directly,” Adelaide airport boss Brenton Cox told The Advertiser.

“A third of those people are having to go through another Australian capital city, predominantly Sydney and Melbourne.

“And that, quite frankly, is a loss of our market share.”

Cox said New Delhi, Tokyo and Los Angeles were the first cities he would like to see direct services to, with the airport currently busy to talking with Cathay Pacific and China Southern.

“They are destinations that we are absolutely confident would make money for those airlines tomorrow,” he said.

“Adelaide Airport puts significant packages up to attract airlines and we will continue to do that.”

Cox said they also want Qantas to offer direct international services out of Adelaide.

“We would absolutely love the national carrier flying internationally from the Adelaide market, and we do believe that Qantas itself would also love to be flying internationally from the Adelaide market,” Cox said.

“Really what we’re waiting for at the moment, and what Qantas is waiting for, is new aircraft deliveries that will enable Adelaide to be served by Qantas more cost effectively and also in a way that is right-sized for our market.”

Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison said the state government recognised the need for growing a strong aviation industry in South Australia.

“The state government is focused on airlines and routes which will directly benefit South Australia, bringing increased visitation and students as well as boosting trade and freight exports,” she said.

“Our priority is to re-establish routes from pre-Covid times, just as we have done with Emirates, and to develop new routes connecting our state to South East Asia, China, the United States and Japan.”