Lanseria Airport hopes to begin building a new runway within months, and said it hopes to attract an increased number of regional carriers while also improving facilities for domestic airlines.
The new three-kilometre long runway will replace the existing runway and, said Airport Manager Gavin Sayce, “has been on the cards for a while”.
Lanseria can currently accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 767 but, explained Mr. Sayce, the new 45-metre wide runway would be better equipped to handle aircraft of that size.
When development will start “remains the million dollar question,” Mr. Sayce conceded. However, he confirmed the current schedule should see work commence in the second quarter of this year. The development will take a year to complete and is estimated to cost approximately R150-million.
“The strategy overall is to grow Lanseria as an alternative hub to OR Tambo. We have all three low-cost carriers in South Africa and we will continue to look to grow into the regional market,” he said.
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