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Cape Town International Airport in expansion mode, Soon to land Airbus A380

The realigned 3,500-meter runway of Cape Town International Airport will allow larger aircraft like planet’s biggest passenger plane Airbus A380 to land at the airport.


Devdiscourse News Desk cape town South Africa
Updated: 11-02-2019 20:23 IST
Cape Town International Airport in expansion mode, Soon to land Airbus A380

The realigned 3,500-meter runway of Cape Town International Airport will allow larger aircraft like planet’s biggest passenger plane Airbus A380 to land at the airport. Image Credit: YouTube / Behzad Ben Art

Cape Town International Airport, which is considered the second-busiest airport in South Africa and fifth-busiest in Africa, will be flooded with a gargantuan amount of USD 516 million makeovers with a new runway and new domestic and international departure lounges.

Deidre Davids, Senior Manager: Corporate Affairs at Airports Company South Africa opined that the expansion is highly required to meet growing demand at the airport. The project will see into the construction of a new international terminal and new international and domestic departure lounges, in addition to the runway realignment, as reported by Construction Review Online.

The realigned 3,500-meter runway of Cape Town International Airport will allow larger aircraft like planet's biggest passenger plane Airbus A380 to land at the airport. The baggage hall will be designed to swell significantly to accommodate additional baggage collection carousels, and the meet-and-greet area will be reconfigured. An investment amount of USD 287 million is dedicated to the future expansion of the airport terminal towards the runway to accommodate additional aircraft. The renovation time is set for four years.

"While we will do our best to limit the disruption and impact on passengers we ask in advance that airport users to please bear with us – any discomfort experienced will be well worth, Deidre Davids said while discussing the probable discomforts during the construction process.

COUNTRY : South Africa

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