Parafield Airport is the principal general aviation and pilot training airport in South Australia
18 kilometres north of the city of Adelaide’s Central Business District (CBD)
Parafield Airport Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Adelaide Airport Limited, which purchased the operating leases for Adelaide and Parafield Airports from the Commonwealth Government in May 1998, to operate both airports for the next 50 years with an option for an option for a further 49 years.
The aerodrome was first used in 1927 and was Adelaide’s main airport until the opening of Adelaide Airport in 1955. It has always been a flying training airport and also includes recreational flying and aircraft maintenance.
The entire airport precinct measures 437 hectares. Its boundary includes Kings Road to the north, Main North Road to the east, Elder Smith Road to the south and the Adelaide-Darwin railway line to the west.
Parafield Airport has a practical ultimate capacity for 450,000 fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. It is not expected to reach this capacity within the next 20 years.
The full economic impacts associated with the operations of Parafield Airport are estimated to be a contribution of $184.3 million to Gross State Product (2011).
It is estimated that entities that operate in association with Parafield Airport directly employ 823 people on-site and 184 people off-site, for a total of 1,007 people (2011). A further 907 jobs are indirectly created taking total employment created as a result of activities at Parafield Airport to 1,914 jobs.
Six aviation training companies operate out of Parafield Airport – Adelaide Flight Traning Centre, Bruce Hartwig Flying School, Flight Training Adelaide, Aerostar Aviation, Tafe SA and University of SA Aviation Academy.
Flight Training Links
There are four runways at Parafield Airport:
1. Runway 03L/21R, measuring 1,350 metres
2. Runway 03R/21L, measuring 1,270 metres
3. Runway 08L/26R, measuring 992 metres
4. Runway 08R/26L, measuring 992 metres
Parafield Airport Limited is committed to managing and developing the airport in a sustainable manner. Features include an Aquifer Storage Recharge Scheme, protection of vernal pools and a comprehensive wildlife management program.
The airport features significant retail and commercial precincts, due to its central location in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. Some Fly In – Fly Out charters operate from Parafield to SA’s northern mines.