Port Elizabeth International Airport looks set for a major upgrade within the next decade, with plans to double its capacity and attract new business.
Herald LIVE reports that airport manager Steven Mphalla says the airport has already consulted with various stakeholders, including municipal, tourism and business officials.
Currently, the airport can manage around two million passengers a year, but that number will be doubled to four with the upgrade of the buildings and infrastructure at the facility.
Among other things, the Airport Company of South Africa plans to widen the runway, a move that would allow larger aircraft to land – vital if the airport is to attract more international traffic.
A second floor will be added to the airport terminal, and new roads along with it. Furthermore, tenders will be put out for new retailers, expanding the shopping and dining selection in line with the results of a consumer suvey.
Interestingly, a major roadblock in the expansion of the airport will be the acquisition of land. ACSA and the local municipality are both vying for land around the existing airport, with the council intending to develop new low-cost housing.
“For these upgrades to take place we will need more land for the airport to expand,” adds Mphalla. “So negotiations are ongoing so that we can ensure ACSA and the municipality are in sync.”