Deadline for public comment on airport runway plan fast approaching

Proposed plans, by the Airports Company South Africa’s (ACSA), to re-align the primary runway and construct parallel and rapid exit taxiways at Cape Town International Airport may increase the number of suburbs and communities affected by aircraft noise.

Increasing capacity

Chris Dalgliesh, environmental assessor at SRK Consulting says that the realignment plans are in order to increase future passenger and aircraft capacity, as well as further development of the airport’s terminals.

They have a runway with the capacity of about 12 million passengers, which is currently only servicing about 8 or 9 million. By 2030 they want to service over 19 million passengers. So they need to realign the runway to, firstly, accommodate the extra traffic. The other reason is in order to accommodate bigger aircrafts. One of the most important factors for the actual re-alignment, is that they need to reconfigure the terminal buildings – and that is constrained by the way that the current runway is aligned.

Potential newly affected areas

If the draft proposal makes it past public review and is environmentally approved , Dalgliesh says that the plans could be effective by 2018 or 2019.

He says that the noise is a key issue that will affect many suburbs and communities. There is already an existing issue of noise exceeding guidelines, and according to Dalgliesh the project could see close to 400 000 residents being affected by the aircraft noise levels. The newly affected areas will include:

  • Delft South
  • Khayelitsha
  • Harare
  • Goodwood
  • Edgemead

He says that there are also areas to the South West of the airport that will no longer be affected, if the project comes to pass.

The deadline for people to register as stakeholders and to submit comments is 25 May 2015.

Please submit all comments to Scott Masson at SRK Consulting:

Postnet Suite #206, Private Bag X18, Rondebosch, 7701.
Tel: (021) 659 3060
Fax: (021) 685 7105
or email : smasson@srk.co.za or sjones@srk.co.za

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