Adelaide Airport has around 100,000 aircraft movements per year, the majority of which (around 80 per cent) are international and domestic regular passenger services, mostly medium to large jets. Adelaide Airport’s 2009 Master Plan states that this is expected to rise to 165,000 movements by 2029. Adelaide Airport had 7 million passengers pass through its terminal in 2012.
Adelaide Airport has a curfew which restricts operations between 11pm and 6am to provide noise relief to residents near the airport. Operations are still allowed during these hours, in line with the Adelaide Airport Curfew Act 2000. The Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport determines which types of movements are permitted, on average, there are around 12 movements per night at the airport.
Runway use at Adelaide Airport is seasonal, which means that different suburbs are affected by aircraft noise at different times of the year.
In winter, the wind at Adelaide Airport tends to be from the north or north east. Aircraft therefore tend to depart to the north over suburbs including Mile End and North Adelaide and arrive over the coast to the south.
In summer, the prevailing wind at Adelaide Airport is from the south. Therefore, in summer aircraft tend to take off to the south over the coast and arrive over the north. In light wind conditions aircraft depart over the coast and land over the city. Suburbs in line with the runways up to about 15km are flown over by jet arrivals.
Jet departures at Adelaide Airport reach a higher altitude closer to the airport than arrivals and also deviate from runway alignment closer to the airport, around 10km from the end of the runway. Departing jets tend to be louder than arrivals, as they use more power to maintain their climb. Therefore, preferred flight paths are designed to maximise flights over the sea rather than residential areas for departing jets.
Legend: Red = Jet Arrivals, Green = Jet Departures