Adelaide Airport

Robbert Kivits, Sukanlaya Sawang

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Adelaide officially opened its first aerodrome just after WWI, in 1921. Captain Butler’s Aerodrome, as it was called, was nine kilometres north-west of the city in the suburb of Hendon. It provided the facilities for airmail services between Adelaide and Sydney (AAL 2009). A move to a second airfield was undertaken in 1927 as aviation continued to grow, and Parafield was acquired by the government. By 1941, however, it became evident that Parafield was too small for the future aviation needs of Adelaide. 785 hectares of marshy land in West Torrens, also known as West Beach, were chosen for Adelaide Airport in 1944 (LINC 2006). Construction started in 1947 and, within the next 10 years, Adelaide International Airport was developed, with the first flights commencing in 1954. It would not be until 1957 before the first passenger terminal was officially opened, funded by the Federal government. Designed to be only a temporary terminal, it remained in use until 2005. As with other airports in the world, the introduction of the jet engine prompted the need to extend the runway in the mid-1960s. In 1982, Adelaide Airport’s International Terminal was opened and the first scheduled international services into and out of Adelaide commenced (AAL 2007).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Dynamism of Stakeholder Engagement
Subtitle of host publicationA Case Study of the Aviation Industry
EditorsRobbert Kivits, Sukanlaya Sawang
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-70428-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-70427-8, 978-3-030-70430-8
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Apr 2021

Publication series

NameContributions to Management Science
ISSN (Print)1431-1941
ISSN (Electronic)2197-716X

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.


  • Stakeholder Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Aviation
  • Airlines Management
  • CSR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Marketing
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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