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Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

Property developments planned for Durban's King Shaka airport

The next five years will see major development at King Shaka International Airport with a conference centre and offices planned as well as an extension of the taxiway which connects runways to ramps, hangars and terminals.

The multimillion-rand project, which still needs funding approval, is only the start of the next phase of development at the airport with several large-scale civil engineering projects planned.

The projects were announced yesterday during a public awareness session held at the Durban city hall.

Sean van der Valk, Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) project manager, said the extension of the Bravo Taxiway would cost R265m while additional aircraft parking stands would cost R175m to develop, the expansion of a sewer treatment plant would be R66m while additional staff parking would cost R18m and an additional car rental park R12m.

'We have had many requests for a conference centre at the airport,' he said.

Work on the new Sasol garage would start next month.

'Other smaller developments already in progress include improvements to the passenger terminal.'

Assert property manager Alinee Padayachee said the aim was to make the airport an 'aerotropolis' (airport city).

Winnie Horn,Acsa retail manager, said there were 35 opportunities for retailers at the airport.

The bids for the long-term leases would be advertised next month.

Colin Naidoo, Acsa spokesman in Durban, said a major objective for the airport team was community development. Acsa's main focus was the community living around the airport, education, training and infrastructure development.

The Mercury




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