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By unknown | Oct 03, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) is confident it will deal with the massive demand of the 2010 World Cup with aplomb.

Monhla Hlahla, Acsa's managing director, said: "We have developed appropriate skills and experience to create and manage world-class airports."

Hlahla said Acsa was halfway to completing infrastructure necessary to facilitate the 2010 World Cup and demand after the tournament.

She said Acsa would be ready to deliver great service and hospitality to the thousands of passengers who will be using their airports during the tournament.

"We have taken lessons from airports around the world that have geared up for exceptional peak traffic and will be implementing sophisticated portable solutions and service facilities that will allow Acsa to deal with the extra demand for this global event."

A visit to OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park confirms that there are major developments. The airport will come together through six development projects into one of the best facilities in the world to serve up to 25 million passengers a year.

In an update on Acsa's website, Hlahla said her company will also be refurbishing and expanding runways at the airport.

OR Tambo International Airport is now one of the 10 airports in the world ready for the Airbus A380, the largest commercial aircraft on the market, after the opening of the R535 million international pier at the weekend.

Another significant part of phase one is the new international remote busing gate. The gate serves departures to remotely parked aircraft and has increased OR Tambo's remote busing facility from eight gates to 12.

This has also significantly increased capacity for departing international passengers.

The new pier is fitted with energy-efficient light fittings dotting the entire pier. The facility's long escalators are also energy-saving as they only automatically operate on demand.

Acsa has completed the construction of the R250 million Echo Apron development, increasing airside capacity, to complete the pier.

Airside capacity has increased as a result of the additional nine contact stands in the form of air bridges linking terminals and aircraft directly.

Hlahla said Cape Town International Airport will also be expanding its current capacity of 6,5 million passengers to 12 million passengers by 2009.

It will also be going up a level, getting a facelift and additional parking and roads.

Moving to eThekwini, Durban is getting a new international airport at La Mercy to increase Durban's current capacity from four million to 7,5 million passengers a year by 2010.


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