South Africa to Unveil King Shaka Airport in May

22 March 2010 (Last Updated March 22nd, 2010 18:30)

King Shaka International Airport in South Africa is expected to begin operations on 1 May in time for the FIFA World Cup 2010, which kicks off in June. The 19,500m² greenfield airport was built at a cost of R6.7bn ($907m) and will include 18 passenger aircraft stands, as well as 40

King Shaka International Airport in South Africa is expected to begin operations on 1 May in time for the FIFA World Cup 2010, which kicks off in June.

The 19,500m² greenfield airport was built at a cost of R6.7bn ($907m) and will include 18 passenger aircraft stands, as well as 400,000km² of runway, taxiway and parking aprons.

According to Engineering News Online, the airport will include a 3.7km runway, which is 60m wide, and will be able to accommodate the world's biggest aircraft, including the Airbus A380.

The airport will have the capacity to handle 7.5 million passengers per year, and will directly and indirectly create 270,000 jobs.

King Shaka Airport is expected to add R20bn ($2,708m) a year to the country's gross domestic product.