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Adelaide To Get Decent Terminal At Last

Tue May 28, 2002 7:15 am

What a relief!!! About time:

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MODERN AIRPORT A STEP CLOSER
By Tourism Writer STUART INNES in Brisbane
28may02

QANTAS has pledged to have new passenger terminal facilities, including airbridges, installed at Adelaide Airport "very, very shortly".

A senior Qantas manager revealed yesterday the airline would either develop its own terminal, or be a partner in a multi-user facility.

Qantas executive general manager of sales and marketing John Borghetti, speaking at the Australian Tourism Exchange in Brisbane, said an evaluation by the airline of its plans for Adelaide Airport was "taking place very, very rapidly". He said Qantas was taking into account service standards and economics when deciding on its options.

Qantas would not say when it expected the new facilities to be operating.

"But we will have a terminal with airbridges in Adelaide very, very shortly," said Mr Borghetti, who is responsible for reviewing Adelaide terminal facilities for the airline.

His comments have dramatically raised hopes Adelaide will have upgraded facilities, an improvement which was threatened by the collapse of Ansett last year.

Before the collapse, Adelaide Airport Ltd had an in-principle agreement with Qantas, Virgin Blue and Ansett for a $220 million multi-user terminal.

Qantas is in negotiation with airport operator Adelaide Airport Ltd's managing director Phil Baker, Mr Borghetti said.

"Phil Baker and his people have been very, very good in working with us to work out the numbers," Mr Borghetti said.

Mr Baker said he would meet Mr Borghetti again next week in an attempt to persuade him that a multi-user terminal was better than Qantas going alone on the development.

"I've sent him a load of information. He's said if it's a good deal for Qantas, it will happen," he said.

Mr Baker said the revised multi-user terminal with airbridges was estimated to cost about $170 million.

"But we are prepared to look at a lower cost terminal," Mr Baker said.

Virgin Blue said it was not interested in an "expensive multi-user terminal".

Virgin Blue commercial manager David Huttner said Virgin was interested in moving into the current Adelaide domestic terminal vacated by Ansett.

"We have never been very keen on airbridges," he said.

Airbridges were expensive and put pressure on airfares.

Aircraft could be "turned around" more quickly using movable steps on the tarmac, he said.

Virgin will need to move from its existing site in the international terminal because of its plans to increase the number Adelaide flights.

Adelaide Airport has only one airbridge, which is at the international terminal.

Yesterday Qantas also announced a new system for domestic passengers to check-in at airports themselves by using a credit card or Qantas club card.

QuickCheck kiosks would be opened in Sydney and Melbourne in August and then be installed in other city airports – including Adelaide – next year.

"Customers will be able to view a map of the aircraft and select a seat," Mr Borghetti said.

Qantas's $13 billion acquisition program was continuing, including the first of 12 Airbus A380 models due from 2006, he said.

All the capacity lost in the Ansett collapse had now been replaced, he said.

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RE: Adelaide To Get Decent Terminal At Last

Tue May 28, 2002 3:56 pm

Good news for ADL.... I feel somehow that it will take a while though for any decision to be reached. QF is under even less pressure now to move on any development without AN, and DJ is not a huge competitor with 1 gate.

How many gates will the new terminal have? How many International / Domestic flights are actually operated into the airport?

ciao
 
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RE: Adelaide To Get Decent Terminal At Last

Tue May 28, 2002 4:38 pm

About time!!!

I've only been to Adelaide once, back in 1998, but the terminal was a big surprise. Taxying in on the Ansett A320, a flight attendant announced that ADL wasn't an aerobridge equipped facility...I was shocked!

I put it on par basically with Brisbane...don't know if I should do that or not, but they are {well in my opinion} secondary cities to Sydney and Melbourne...and being on par with BNE, should have a decent terminal.

And it's not just about having a spiffy terminal now, it's about preparing for forecasted traffic over the next 5, 10, 15, 20 or so years.

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RE: Adelaide To Get Decent Terminal At Last

Tue May 28, 2002 7:10 pm

I'll believe that when I see it!!
We've been hearing that for years now and nothing ever comes of it. We can hope that the report is accurate but I believe DJ will hold up and plans for a Multi User facility so Qantas should proceed on their own and really take a strangle hold on the Adelaide market.
 
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RE: Adelaide To Get Decent Terminal At Last

Tue May 28, 2002 9:14 pm

About time ADL got a decent terminal! I've been to BNE and i think that airport is much better than ADL- nicer layout and more modern. DJ should expand their facilities at ADL too because there is usually more that 1 DJ a/c on the ground here at any 1 time. A few months ago i flew DJ from ADL-BBN(6:30am departure) and there were 4 DJ 737's lined up outside.
 
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RE: Adelaide To Get Decent Terminal At Last

Wed May 29, 2002 7:10 am

Yes, the Virgin set-up at the International terminal is a joke. Even before they consider a new terminal (and please let it be a multi-user facility), Virgin need to move into the old Ansett side of the domestic terminal.
 
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RE: Adelaide To Get Decent Terminal At Last

Wed May 29, 2002 8:42 am

ADL has a GREAT terminal, are you kidding me???

Where else can you board your a/c from either end and run your hand alond the smooth skin of the nacelles or the fuselage.

What a great memory there. And you want cheesy conformist jetbridges instead??

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RE: Adelaide To Get Decent Terminal At Last

Wed May 29, 2002 3:11 pm

I have a question regarding the ADL terminal and DJ. What happens on Sundays when there are 3 international a/c parked at ADL. There is usually CX105 747-400 at 9:05, MH 747-400 at 9:30ish, SQ 777-200 at 6:30 and Garuda A330 at 7:30. Where do the DJ 737's park when the big boys are here???
 
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RE: Adelaide To Get Decent Terminal At Last

Wed May 29, 2002 6:22 pm

The ADL international apron has been extended so that there is room for 3 internationals plus 3 virgins. There are also plans to extend the apron further (towards the domestic terminal) over what used to be the regional a/c apron if it is required (it will be unless they get a move on).

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