|SA's newest airport on track
South Africa's newest airport, King Shaka International Airport (KSIA), situated north of Durban at La Mercy, will be ready in time for the 2010 World Cup, and it will handle its first flight in early May.
It is to replace Durban International Airport which will be decommissioned. Durban International's runway was too short to allow large aircraft such as the Boeing 747 to operate intercontinental routes out of Durban. This has caused Durban to become marginalised with respect to Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The primary objective of the new airport is to provide for direct long-haul international flights to and from Durban and to accommodate the province's rapidly expanding domestic passenger business. read more
Cape Town International Airport – ready and 'alive with possibilities'
Finishing touches are being made to Cape Town International Airport. Come the World Cup influx, it will be reaching new heights regarding cutting-edge efficiency and a far enhanced passenger experience. At the centre of the upgrades and expansion is the new Central Terminal Building (CTB), which opened in November 2009.
EES, an ISO 9000 certified electrical engineering company, offering engineering, project management and business management services, is responsible for project managing the implementation of the Airport's intelligent backbone. This includes all the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services at the new integrated terminal at the airport.
“Work on the CTB involved integrating the domestic and international terminals to streamline operations, boost efficiency, ensure the airport is better utilised and enhance travelers’ airport experience,” says Bradley Hemphill, Managing Director of EES.
|From My Pen
Soaring on the wings of success
In less than 100 days, South Africa's airport infrastructure will certainly be put to the test when thousands of World Cup fans descend on our country. We are confident that our new and upgraded technically advanced terminals will facilitate easy movement of people, enabling them travel smoothly and efficiently, with few glitches, from host city to host city.
Airport Company South Africa's (ACSA) R20 billion airports development programme is mostly complete. Anyone who has visited our first-class airports recently can only be vastly impressed at the dramatic changes and upgrades that have taken place. South Africa is justifiably proud of the successful construction of these magnificent infrastructures. Many of us in fact feel 'we are soaring on the wings of success', and are impatient and eager for the World Cup visitors to experience first-hand the outcome of our hard work.
EES has been committed to project management and system integration aspects of Information Technology (IT) and Building Automation Systems (BAS), which have been essential to the new airports and central terminals of two of the World Cup airports. These are Cape Town International Airport, 'Cape Town International Airport – ready and 'alive with possibilities', and South Africa's newest airport, King Shaka International Airport (KSIA), 'SA's newest airport on track', north of Durban.
We are sure that all of South Africa's air terminals will meet the expectations of the World Cup fans. And it will not end here. According to the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA), which is supporting South Africa's airport programmes, 'the current infrastructure developments in South Africa, particularly as triggered by the Soccer World Cup, suggest an increase in national demand for airports. A general increase in air travel is expected to continue after the Soccer World Cup as a result of the international community's exposure to and familiarity with South Africa.'
It is expected that the air terminal infrastructural developments of the last few years, achieved by South African players working together, will beyond 2010, encourage both local and international travel, boost ongoing economic growth and investment, facilitate sustainability, and leave an air travel legacy for South Africans to enjoy for years to come.