Adelaide Airport

Runways

The main runway at Adelaide Airport, Runway 05/23 is 3 kilometres long and is orientated south-west to north-east. There is a smaller 1.6 kilometre cross runway, Runway 12/30, which is orientated north-west to south-east. The cross runway is primarily used by propeller aircraft.

Each runway is referred to differently according to in which direction it is being used. For example the main runway is known as Runway 05 when used in a north-easterly direction and 23 when used in a south-westerly direction. Runway numbering reflects the runways’ orientation and correlates with degrees on a compass. Runway 23 is 230 degrees.

Runway selection and seasonal winds

Runway selection is based on wind direction, weather conditions, traffic volume and other factors. See the Runway Selection fact sheet for more details. Aircraft primarily take-off and land into the wind for safety and performance reasons. Therefore, as the wind direction changes the runway in operation may also change depending on the strength of the wind.

This means that Adelaide’s seasonal wind patterns affect usage of the different runway directions. The prevailing wind is southerly for most of the year, meaning that Runway 23 is used the most frequently. During the cooler months Runway 05 typically receives more use than at other times of the year because there tends to be more northerly winds.

Noise abatement procedures

Noise abatement procedures are designed to help reduce the impact of aircraft noise on communities. While they are applied whenever it is possible to do so, their use is not mandatory and is subject to weather conditions and traffic requirements.

In Adelaide the noise abatement procedures set out the preferred runway configuration for use during specific periods of the day. Between 6 am and 11 pm the most preferred runway is Runway 23 (arrivals over the suburbs and departures over the water), followed by Runway 05 as a second preference. If Runway 23/05 is not available, the preferred runway is Runway 30 and the second preference is Runway 12.

April - June 2018

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for the period January – March 2018. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.


Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
January - March 2018

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for the period January – March 2018. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.


Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
October - December 2017

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for the period October – December 2017. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.


Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
July - September 2017

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for the period July – September 2017. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.


Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
April - June 2017

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for the period April – June 2017. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.


Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
January - March 2017

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for the period January – March 2017. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour throughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.


Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
October - December 2016

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for the period October – December 2016. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour thoughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.


Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
July - September 2016

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for the period July – September 2016. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour thoughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.


Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
April - June 2016

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for the period April – June 2016. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour thoughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.


Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.
January - March 2016

Runway end use

The map below shows the percentage of use for each runway end for the period January – March 2016. “Runway end use” is calculated by adding together all arrivals to one end of the runway and all departures from the same end.

How To: As you click an (i) icon on the map or the applicable radio button below, the chart below the map will change to display information about the selected runway end.

How To: As you click each radio button below, the chart will change to display information about the selected runway end.

Operations by hour of day for each runway end

This graph shows the use of each runway end by hour thoughout the quarter.

Operations by runway

This pie chart shows you how the traffic is split across the runways based on operation type.


Aircraft type by runway end

This pie chart shows which runway ends were used by the selected aircraft type during the quarter.