Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) says its R7 billion upgrade project at Cape Town International Airport will boost the city's economy and the tourism sector.
Construction is set to start early next year.
Acsa general manager Deon Cloete says the first big change is re-aligning the runway to create much-needed space to move aircraft - something which is critical for safe operations.
The terminal building will also be expanded substantially, to make it more user-friendly.
We're pushing it out - if you visualise to the east - so we can create a bit more space between the runway and our terminal buildings.— Deon Cloete, General Managager - Acsa
That opens up the terminal for expansion, expansion in a way that really works where you don't have to walk long distances - currently it's quite a journey from domestic arrivals.— Deon Cloete, General Manager - Acsa
There will be a new terminal very similar to what you might see at OR Tambo for domestic and international likewise. We're going to dramatically improve the offering there.— Deon Cloete, General Manager - Acsa
Cloete explains how the R7 billion investment will impact on the amount of traffic the airport will be able to accommodate.
We will be able to increase our hourly movements by 50%, so we're going to move from 30 flights an hour to 45. It won't happen immediately - we'll grow into it, but we then have the capability of continuing the growth path we're set on.— Deon Cloete, General Manager - Acsa
We're seeing a lot more international relative to domestic and that growth is good... We also have good access into the region.— Deon Cloete, General Manager - Acsa
Cloete also elaborates on projects in the airport precinct, from creating housing to educational opportunities for local communities.
In growing this airport, we're also able to start creating opportunities in influencing other social imperatives so we can all make a difference in changing this country.— Deon Cloete, General Manager - Acsa
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