New South African Airport to be Ready by Mid-2010

20 August 2009 (Last Updated August 20th, 2009 18:30)

According to the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) King Shaka International Airport in South Africa will be completed in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Construction of the R7.4bn airport is currently running to schedule with nearly 72% of the construction work finished.

According to the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) King Shaka International Airport in South Africa will be completed in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Construction of the R7.4bn airport is currently running to schedule with nearly 72% of the construction work finished.

Once opened, the airport will have an annual passenger capacity of eight million in comparison to the capacity of 4.7 million at Durban International Airport.

The airport's runway is 3.7km long and can be extended to 4km if required. The airport's parking area can accommodate 6,500 cars.

The airport is designed to expand in stages, which will enable a second extension phase to be undertaken in 2035 and a third phase for a maximum projected traveller capacity of 40 million by 2060.

The project has generated nearly 12,000 jobs and is expected to provide permanent employment to 8,000 people at the airport.

The project represents South Africa's first greenfield airport and is part of the Dube Tradeport development plan currently taking place near North Durban.