King Shaka Airport Proves it is Ready for Operation

19 April 2010 (Last Updated April 19th, 2010 18:30)

The new King Shaka International Airport in South Africa has successfully carried out a trial exercise and is now ready to begin operations on 1 May this year. The airport, built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, will replace the existing Durban International Airport. The 19,000m&s

The new King Shaka International Airport in South Africa has successfully carried out a trial exercise and is now ready to begin operations on 1 May this year.

The airport, built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, will replace the existing Durban International Airport.

The 19,000m² facility will be able to handle 7.5 million passengers a year, reducing pressure on the Durban-Johannesburg route by facilitating more than 50,000t of manufactured goods.

The airport will open with 18 passenger aircraft stands and 400,000m² of runway, taxiway and parking aprons, according to buanews.gov.za.