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THE formalities surrounding the opening of the King Shaka International Airport are over and it's down to business as passengers begin a steady stream into its terminal.
Bongiwe Pityi's job is to ensure all operations surrounding the airport go off without a hitch, a mission she has accomplished with aplomb.
Pityi, 39, is the assistant general manager of airport operations for Airports Company SA at the brand new airport.
Decked out in black linen pants, a silk shirt and high heels, Pityi said she had taken the massive task of relocating the old Durban International Airport and opening the new airport in her stride.
The plan to move the Durban International Airport and open the 19500m2 King Shaka has been years in the making.
Pityi and her team dubbed the ambitious undertaking Operational Readiness and Transfer Programme, or ORAT, as it is called in the aviation business.
The law graduate sat at the helm of ORAT. On whether she thought the airport's opening and relocation of the Durban International Airport went smoothly, she said: "I think it went smoothly considering the fact that all over the world airport relocations are very challenging.
"We've had no major hiccups except for the one incident on Saturday, the day of the opening, when one of the sprinkler systems went off and flooded a certain area of the airport."
But rather than see it as a setback, Pityi said it was "a learning curve".
"The issue was dealt with quickly and adequately.
"Even though we had to do a small evacuation, nobody was hurt and we were pleased to see that our sprinkler systems were working adequately."
The challenge, going forward is to ensure that Acsa staff is adequately trained, according to Pityi.
She said she joined the Acsa team in 2000 in Johannesburg after having practised as an attorney for a few years. She has a BA, a postgraduate diploma in African studies and an LLB from the universities of Cape Town and Natal.
Her portfolio encompasses oversight on all airport operational functions, aviation security, airside and landside operations as well as maintenance, engineering, terminal operations, safety, health and environment, and fire and rescue services.