Munich Airport Group and Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) have signed a sister airports agreement to cooperate in knowledge, employee skills and information sharing.

Majority owned by the South African Government, ACSA is an autonomous body that operates nine airports in the country, including the three main OR Tambo International, Cape Town International and King Shaka International airports.

ACSA is part of a consortium that manages Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India. It has also partnered with Brazilian company Invepar to manage the development, maintenance and operations of Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo, Brazil.

"There are a number of collaboration opportunities offered by this agreement with Munich Airport Group, especially in new customer service technologies and systems."

Under the sister airports agreement, Munich International Airport will share its aerotropolis (airport city) experience with ACSA.

The operator is planning to develop OR Tambo airport into an aerotropolis, in partnership with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.

ACSA CEO Bongani Maseko said: "Munich International Airport’s impressive history in successfully delivering world-leading aviation construction, technology and customer service projects will provide both the experience and insights crucial to laying the foundations of Africa’s first aerotropolis."

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The South African company is planning to construct a runway at the Cape Town International Airport and a second mid-term field terminal at OR Tambo, while Munich will soon begin work on the construction of its third runway and a mid-field terminal.

The partners seek to benefit from the agreement as they support each other during these expansions.

"There are a number of collaboration opportunities offered by this agreement with Munich Airport Group, especially in new customer service technologies and systems.

"This agreement will usher in robust quality management systems for all aspects of the business while also strengthening our non-aeronautical services as we evolve to become a world-class airports management business," Maseko added.

Munich Airport has previously signed sister airports agreements with Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Changi International Airport in Singapore, and Beijing Airport.

Image: OR Tambo International Airport is being developed into an aerotropolis. Photo: courtesy of PretoriaTravel / Wikipedia.