The largest city in the state of South Australia as well as the state’s capital, Adelaide was named for Queen Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen who was married to King William IV. The couple ruled the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Hanover from 1830 to 1837.
The city of Adelaide is located on the south-central coast of Australia between the Gulf of Saint Vincent and the Mount Lofty Ranges mountains. The city and its surrounding metropolitan area are home to about 1.4 million people and see frequent travelers who book flights to Adelaide.
Business-class flights to Adelaide arrive at Adelaide Airport, which is located southwest of the city proper. The airport serves approximately 8.5 million passengers a year. Some of the flights to Adelaide, Australia, arrive at the city’s secondary airport, Parafield Airport, which is located in the suburb of Parafield, about 11 miles north of the city center.
Adelaide, along with a few other locations in the state of South Australia, is a hub for the Australian defense industry. The Australian military’s main research facility, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, is located in Adelaide. Private defense contractors such as BAE Systems Australia and Lockheed Martin Australia have their headquarters just outside of the city. The Royal Australian Navy has a base in the Adelaide suburb of Edinburgh.
Many of the leisure travelers who book first-class flights to Adelaide come to the area to tour the Adelaide Hills wine region, located east of the city. Vineyards in the Adelaide Hills have been producing sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot gris wines since the early 19th century. The region is especially known for its white wines, particularly sauvignon blanc, which is exported to countries around the world.
Other popular cultural attractions in and around Adelaide include the Art Gallery of South Australia, founded in 1881. The museum is home to more than 45,000 works of art, including a large collection of art made by Australian artists. It is the largest art museum in the state of South Australia.
Located next to the Art Gallery of South Australia is the South Australian Museum, a natural history museum that is home to the world’s largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural artifacts. The South Australian Museum’s collection also includes Australian dinosaur fossils and an assortment of rocks, gems, and minerals found in the country, including a large collection of rare opals.
The city of Adelaide and its surrounding region is sometimes called "Australia's education hub" due to being home to a large number of universities and secondary schools. Students from across Australia and the world often book cheap flights to Adelaide in order to study there. The University of Adelaide, the area’s largest public university and the third oldest university in the country, has been consistently ranked among the 150 best universities in the world.
Other educational institutions in Adelaide include the Flinders University of South Australia; University of South Australia; and Torrens University Australia. Several international universities also have campuses in the city. These include Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College Australia and the University College London's School of Energy and Resources, which are located in Victoria Square’s historic Torrens Building.
Adelaide is also known as a center for academic research. This includes medical research at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and other locations. Aerospace and defense research projects are conducted by the Australian military in partnership with the defense contractors located in the city.
Sports fans who book flights to Adelaide, Australia often come to the city to watch games at the city’s Adelaide Oval stadium. The Adelaide Oval is home to the Adelaide Strikers and the South Australian Redbacks cricket teams, and the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide football (soccer) teams.
Adelaide’s professional rugby team, the Adelaide Rams, plays at the city’s Hindmarsh Stadium. The city is also home to two professional basketball teams, the Adelaide 36ers and the Adelaide Lightening, a member of Australia’s Women's National Basketball League. Both teams make their home at the Titanium Security Arena located in the suburb of Findon.