EES - November 2010

November 2010

SA airports now offer a more streamlined and efficient passenger experience

While the upgrades of South Africa's three leading airports were fast-tracked to meet World Cup deadlines, the airports have in fact for some time needed to be upgraded to enable them to cope with the volume of passengers using them in peak periods each year.

Interestingly, statistics have shown that the number of passengers making use of the airports during the World Cup were lower than the number of passengers using the same airports over traditional peak periods, such as the festive season. read more

From My Pen

All players contribute to international travel standards

South African airports, terminals and travel facilities are now on a par with international standards, and are easily able to cope with peak period passenger volumes. While developments to enhance capacity and efficiency were on the cards for some time, the World Cup deadline put pressure on all stakeholders involved to fast-track upgrades. The result is the cutting edge travel facilities South Africa boasts today.

While we heard a great deal during the World Cup about developments and happenings at the three largest airports, OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport, and the way in which they were upgraded or built from scratch to ensure a streamlined, efficient passenger experience , it is not only these airports that have contributed to our efficient flight and travel facilities. Other South African airports make a tremendous contribution, but these success stories are not as widely known.

Lanseria, for example, is an international airport servicing Northern Johannesburg, Midrand and Pretoria. It was one of the six major airports used during the World Cup and operations there went off without a hitch. Some of its impressive statistics and enviable accomplishments achieved are:

  • A total of 11 434 aircraft movements were logged during the duration of the World Cup, of which 5798 can be ascribed directly to WC 2010.
    • 458 business jets made use of the airport.
  • On the final day, 186 business jets were parked at the airport: 114 arriving on Sunday alone.
  • The Vice President of the United States of America utilised the airport, at one stage resulting in three C17 aircraft located on the ground
  • 14 presidential flights were concluded.
  • A number of stars, John Travolta and Andreas Bocelli to name but two, arrived in private aircrafts.
  • 30 team movements were arranged for Portugal, Australia, Brazil and Germany.
  • Aircraft parking required 2823 tow operations.

So it is all stakeholders working together in an integrated approach that has contributed to South Africa’s positive passenger experience, and will continue to do so for the benefit of local and international travellers for decades to come.

Bradley Hemphill
Managing Director