Persons who need assistance can call us on 08 8308 9380 or 0438 890 024 (7 days between 04:30am and 11:00pm) prior to their visit to the airport. Read the Disability Access Facilitation Plan.

For a guide on arrivals for people living with autism spectrum disorders please click here and for a guide on departures please click here.


Always ensure you tell your airline or travel agent when making your reservation that you require assistance. Check the Terms & Conditions to establish if medical clearance is required.

Check with individual airlines regarding accessibility policies as each airline may differ.

Arriving at the airport

The multi-level car park at Adelaide Airport offers 24 dedicated parking spaces (6 on each level) for vehicles displaying a disability parking permit. Drop off and pick up of passengers is available on Sir Richard Williams Ave on the ground floor under the porte-cochere of the new car park. Customer Service Officers are available for people in need of assistance, and/or to direct them to an area where they will receive additional support.

Ground transport

Bus and Taxi services (pick up only, taxi drop off is in the porte-cochere) are available at the front of the Terminal at level 0 or ground floor. Adelaide Metro JetBus services depart from the ground floor level at the southern end of the Terminal. Similarly the long term car park bus departs from the same location.

For taxis that can accommodate wheelchairs, phone Adelaide Access Taxis on 1300 360 940.


Guide dogs and other assistance animals are welcome in all areas of the terminal. Check with your airline regarding travel arrangements. Adelaide Airport provides an Assistance Animal Relief Area in close proximity to the terminal. The area is located adjacent to the outdoor seating area at the northern end of the terminal at ground level.


Most airlines provide special arrangements for passengers with disabilities, allowing them to board the aircraft first and disembark last via the passenger boarding bridge. Once on board the aircraft, flight attendants will be responsible for making your journey as comfortable as possible.


When flying to Adelaide Airport aboard a jet, disembarkation will be via the passenger boarding bridge into the terminal on level 2. Should you require a wheelchair or other assistance, please ensure the airline is made aware prior to your flight. Once inside the terminal, please proceed to baggage re-claim on level 0.


When flying to Adelaide Airport, disembarkation will be via the passenger boarding bridge into the terminal on Level 1. Should you require a wheelchair or other assistance, please ensure your airline is made aware prior to your flight. Once inside the terminal, please proceed to Customs for passport checking and then to baggage re-claim on level 0.


Upon arriving, proceed to the relevant check-in desk. For people using wheelchairs, selected check-in desks have been lowered to allow easier access. Airline staff will explain the process and location for transferring you to one of their wheelchairs, which is suitable for the aisle of the aircraft.

Several check-in desks have a Counter Hearing System (CHS) installed. The CHS unit can be used by both people who wear hearing aids and those who have a hearing impairment but do not wear hearing aids. The CHS unit consists of an amplifier, microphone, hearing loop, telephone handset and input connector for walkman headphone usage. These designated counters are fitted with a hearing loop for people who wear hearing aids with a “T” switch fitted (telecoil).  Alternately, the telephone handset can be used for listening or the user can use a “walkman” style headphone by plugging it in. Please ask airline check-in staff for assistance.


All travellers and visitors, including those with a disability, must undergo security checks. Please advise the screening officer if you have a condition or need for special assistance. If you are able to walk through the security metal detectors without assistance, no additional provisions will be required. If you use a wheelchair or other form of mobility assistance device, the security officer will scan you with a hand held detector (for privacy, a room adjacent to the screening area is available on request). The assistive device will also be subject to security screening processes.


To assist our customers with mobility movement throughout terminal 1, some airlines operate a ‘buggy’ (people mover) service to help customers reach their required departure gate. This service can be arranged by airline staff. Adelaide Airport has a large number of shops and restaurants – all accessible. An information booth is located on level 0 which can offer assistance regarding directions, Terminal information and tourist bookings.

There are escalators and elevators/ lifts in the Terminal for travelling between floors, and travelators (moving walkways) along the concourse. At each departure gate, nominated check-in counters and in designated areas of the retail/ restaurant precinct, ‘hearing loops’ enable people with hearing aids to have announcements amplified. In the unlikely event of an emergency, audible alarms will sound and an announcement made through the public address system. For people with hearing impairment, clear instructions will be displayed on the flight information display screens throughout the Terminal.


There are accessible bathrooms located throughout the Terminal.


Need some assistance? Airport Ambassadors are easy to identify with their welcoming smile and their corporate uniform with Information badge. Ambassadors are available to answer any questions that you may have, to make your airport experience pleasurable and stress-free. Watch out for them in the baggage claim hall on the ground floor and in the main check-in hall on Level 2.