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South Africa airport industry managing major expansion for the world cup.

AIRPORTS Company South Africa (ACSA) will be responsible forhandling 450,000 international arrivals ...

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South Africa airport industry managing major expansion for the world cup.

  1. 1. South Africa airport industry managing major expansion for the world cup. AIRPORTS Company South Africa (ACSA) will be responsible for handling 450,000 international arrivals when the country hosts the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) 2010 World Cup next summer. The biggest-ever sporting event on African soil starts on June 11 next year and will run to July 11 with games stretching from the former township of Soweto in Johannesburg to the natural beauty of Cape Town. South Africa's airports will have to cope with up to 78,000 passengers and 260 international flights-a-day. Around 75 airline companies are expected to use the country's airports during the event, an increase from the current 54 international airlines and seven domestic carriers. ACSA will also have to respond flexibly to airline schedule demands at peak times during the 64-game competition. The most important airport for a successful World Cup will be the Oliver R. Tambo International (Ortia) in the business capital Johannesburg, Africa's busiest airport. The leading city of Johannesburg will host 15 World Cup matches while Cape Town gets nine games. Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) and Durban will each host eight games in 2010. The distances between domestic venues will mean that many foreign visitors will use air travel to get to games. The pressures on air infrastructure and South Africa's
  2. 2. state-owned but commercially run airport operator Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) will dwarf those of recent international sporting events that the country has hosted, which include the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, IPL Twenty20 cricket and the British and Irish Lions rugby tour. ACSA has spent six billion rand (US$811 million) in its last financial year (ending 31 March, 2009) to upgrade and expand handling capacity for the World Cup, building on 5.2 billion rand spent the previous year. Most of the expenditure, 2.4 billion rand, was spent on a new airport development at La Mercy, outside Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province and at O.R. Tambo (1.8 billion rand) in Gauteng province. An additional one billion rand was also spent at Cape Town International in Western Cape Province over the past year. ACSA is confident it is up to the challenge despite the downturn in the industry. quot; The expected increased traffic activity, much needed in the harsh economic times, has provided a focal point for completion of infrastructural expansion and the provision of world class service to airport users, quot; said ACSA chairman Franklin Sonn (NOTE--SPELLING CORRECT). But the airport investments come despite a drop in passengers and aircraft using South African airports because of the sharp global economic downturn. Passenger traffic numbers at the ACSA network of airports fell 7.7% during the last year, hurting company profits. The domestic market,
  3. 3. which comprises 70% of the total passenger traffic, fell by 10.5%. ACSA's airports processed 33.3 million passengers in the last year, a reduction of 2.8 million passengers over the previous period. The number of aircraft landing fell to 279,545 from 290,696 the previous year. Johannesburg's airport handled 106,261 landings, Cape Town 47,805 and Durban 25,905. ACSA's annual profits have fallen to 443.8 million rand from 788.9 million rand. ACSA expects passenger volumes to continue to decline leading up to the World Cup. quot; Given the current economic climate, capital expenditure has been reviewed but this has not jeopardised any of the projects necessary to deliver on our commitment to provide the required facilities and services for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, quot; said ACSA spokesman Solomon Makgale. ACSA and airlines have had to improve operational standards since being awarded the tournament by FIFA in 2004. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) threatened to downgrade South Africa's category one status in 2007 because of a lack of industry oversight, as required under international aviation agreements. The South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which is responsible for regulating the country's aviation sector, had consistently struggled to maintain skilled management and suffered from funding shortfalls.
  4. 4. A downgrade would have had severe implications for the World Cup and the country's economy, prompting the Pretoria government and the CAA to embark on a major recruitment drive to bring in skilled personnel. The FAA only officially notified the CAA in October 2008 that it had maintained its category one status after audits by the FAA and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). quot; From our side this means that the entire spectrum of our air traffic navigation services must meet world standards and be relied upon time and time again to ensure our skies and airspace is safe and secure, quot; said transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele (NOTE SPELLING CORRECT), October 6. The FAA's concerns came against a backdrop of safety concerns for air traffic across the African continent. During the period between 1994 and 2004, Africa's accident rate was far greater than the world average. Africa has 4.5% of the world's total air traffic but 25% of the accidents. Security at the ACSA's airports has also been a problem with a series of high profile cargo thefts in recent years and illegal entry within the airport's perimeter. The repeated arrests of cabin crews on international flights for drug charges has also damaged the local industry's reputation. ACSA has introduced structured aviation security audits at each airport in accordance with national aviation security regulations.
  5. 5. ACSA has also secured new security detection equipment for passenger screening points at a cost of 38 million rand. The new terminal at Johannesburg has 650 surveillance cameras in the building linking international arrival and departures. Cape Town International Airport has increased passenger security processing capacity with the addition of a fifth security screening point at the domestic departures terminal. A new 2.3 billion rand central terminal building for international arrivals opened at Ortia in May this year. International arriving passengers are now being processed in a single new terminal that consolidates the old terminals A1 and A2. The airport is the transport hub for the southern African region and handles more than nine million passengers a year. Ongoing work includes the completion of the airport's extended international departure lounge and pier, additional aircraft stands and the passenger terminal for the Gautrain Rapid Rail designed to link the airport with Johannesburg and Pretoria city centres. Escalators and lifts from the new terminal to the Gautrain station are already completed and will be opened for operation once the Gautrain station building has been completed. New baggage carousels and baggage systems more than double the capacity of bags that can be processed at the airport to 8,000 bags an hour at peak operation. In November 2009, when four additional baggage carousels will become operational, the number of baggage carousels in the new arrivals terminal will total 10.
  6. 6. Additional bulk fuel storage tanks are being constructed at the airport and will be commissioned by March 2010 to provide the additional fuel storage capacity required by the aviation industry to ensure supply to the airlines. Johannesburg airport has suffered from jet fuel disruptions this year caused by poor coordination between the airport authorities, leading local oil refiner Sasol and state-owned fuel transport firm Transnet. The country's energy minister had to intervene in August to restore jet fuel supplies after stock levels had fallen below the minimum level of five days of use. Government has set up a team in the wake of the problems for quot; the successful identification of key risks and [to] subsequently design a coordinated approach to planning for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. quot; The second most likely airport to be used by visitors will be Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), which is also undergoing a facelift. The CTIA is the country's second largest airport with over four million passengers departing annually. The airport is undergoing work with the creation of a new central terminal, a new domestic arrivals terminal and an improved road layout. The airport has doubled in growth in the last five years, and the current expansion will accommodate demands forecast for the next 10 years, ACSA says.
  7. 7. Departure facilities of the new Cape Town airport building will be commissioned at the end of October 2009 and the last phase of this development, due for completion in March 2010, will be the extension to the existing arrivals terminal with pedestrian connectivity to the central terminal building. Work on five additional narrow-body aircraft stands which started in January this year is expected to be completed in early 2010. Services at the new 6.8 billion rand La Mercy Airport north of Durban are expected to start in March 2010 with full operation in May next year. ACSA says that trade union problems at the site have been overcome and the schedule for work is back on track. Completion of major construction is scheduled for December this year. Eventually La Mercy will take over from Durban International Airport (DIA) which handles more than 2.3 million passengers a year. La Mercy, when it is complete, will have the capacity to handle 7.5 million passengers annually. Ten of the 12 air bridges from Spain have been installed at the new airport's Alpha Apron. A skid resistance test has been completed on the 3.7 kilometre runway. Taxiways are on track with shoulder surfacing and asphalt layering, says ACSA. Other work includes a 46 million rand terminal expansion and refurbishment at Bloemfontein airport. A 121 million rand runway refurbishment and upgrade has also been completed at Bloemfontein which has connections to Johannesburg and Cape Town. A 68 million rand refurbishment of Port Elizabeth's international runway was finished
  8. 8. in August, 2008. A 98 million rand expansion and upgrade of East London's airport is expected to be commissioned by the end of this year. A similar 31 million rand work programme is underway at Upington airport and a 17 million rand project at Kimberley airport. quot; Temporary interventionsquot; in air space and air-traffic operations will also be implemented to accommodate the surge of international football fans. The South African government has budgeted 8.4 billion rand for new and refurbished stadiums for the event. TABLE: South Africa's Top Ten Airports 1. O.R. TAMBO INTERNATIONAL ? Departing passengers--9,045,239 ? Arriving air traffic movements--106,261 ? Annual passenger handling capacity--23 million passengers 2. CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL ? Departing passengers--3,917,114 ? Arriving air traffic movements--47,805
  9. 9. ? Annual passenger handling capacity--8.5 million passengers 3. DURBAN INTERNATIONAL ? Departing passengers--2,163,878 ? Arriving air traffic movements- -25,905 ? Annual passenger handling capacity- -4.5 million passengers 4. PORT ELIZABETH INTERNATIONAL ? Departing passengers--705,434 ? Arriving air traffic movements--34,888 ? Annual passenger handling capacity--2 million passengers 5. EAST LONDON ? Departing passengers--347,124 ? Arriving air traffic movements--17,421 ? Annual passenger handling capacity--700,000 passengers
  10. 10. 6. BLOEMFONTEIN INTERNATIONAL ? Departing passengers--205,059 ? Arriving air traffic movements--12,634 ? Annual passenger handling capacity--360,000 passengers 7. GEORGE ? Departing passengers--302,896 ? Arriving air traffic movements--21,647 ? Annual passenger handling capacity--800,000 passengers 8. KIMBERLEY ? Departing passengers--75,788 ? Arriving air traffic movements--7,615 ? Annual passenger handling capacity--140,000 passengers 9. UPINGTON INTERNATIONAL
  11. 11. ? Departing passengers--23,647 ? Arriving air traffic movements--3,228 ? Annual passenger handling capacity--40,000 passengers 10. PILANESBERG INTERNATIONAL ? Departing passengers--4,489 ? Arriving air traffic movements--2,381 ? Annual passenger handling capacity--40,000 passengers Source: ACSA http://www.thefreelibrary.com/South+Africa+airport+industry+managing+major+expansion+for+t he+world...-a0261082112

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