Airport Fast Facts


Parafield Airport is regarded as South Australia’s premier general aviation airport and a world standard international training airport.


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 433 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.

Aircraft Movements

In 2019 (pre-COVID) Parafield Airport had 269,544 movements.

Economic Impact

The full economic impacts associated with the operations of Parafield Airport are estimated to be a contribution of $354.8million (2022).


Since 2016, total employment (direct and indirect) as a result of airport activities has increased by 5 percent to 2,570 jobs. 

Flight Training

Nine aviation training companies operate out of Parafield Airport – Adelaide Aviation, Aerostar Aviation, Command Flight Training, Enzo Flying School, Flight Training Adelaide, Helistar, Parafield Flying Centre and Uni SA Aviation Academy.


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 958 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.

Other activities

The airport features significant retail and commercial precincts, due to its central location in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.