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SADC's airport projects and aerotropolis developments

August 17, 2018. AASA news. There is no disputing that Africa presents massive economic development, growth opportunities and travel potential - the key to unlocking this potential is an efficient and effective airport, essential to the growth and success of any country. On the African content, airports are undergoing expansion to cater for rapidly growing passenger and cargo traffic volumes. Many airports are in a state of much needed upgrading, and African governments have given the green light to proceed with restoration and development projects. 

In a bid to not only address rising air traffic on the continent, but to bolster intra-African travel, investment and business, new African airports and expansions are also under construction: Nigeria is in the process of finishing new terminals at Murtala Muhammed International Airport and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport; Libya is constructing a new airport extension in Tripoli; Senegal is building the new Blaise Diagne International Airport in Dakar; and Rwanda is constructing the Bugesera International Airport among others.

SADC's airport projects
The following airport projects are planned or currently underway in the SADC region:

  • Angola - Luanda International Airport. Construction of the new passenger terminal building. Two of the runways are practically complete, as is the airport control tower, with ongoing construction of the terminal, which according to the Angolan government will receive 15 million passengers per year.
  • Lesotho - Moshoeshoe I International Airport. The reconstruction programme includes increasing the airport’s handling capacity by extending the runway to handle larger aircraft, constructing a new VIP terminal building, renovating the existing terminal building and installing navigation aids in compliance with international civil aviation standards.
  • Mozambique - Maputo International Airport. The project aims at rehabilitating and improving the airport's airside infrastructure, including runways, taxiways, aprons and airfield ground lighting.
  • Nambia - Walvis Bay International Airport. Rehabilitation of the airport’s super jumbo runway, aircraft parking aprons and the parking lot for the new terminal building. Also included was the construction of a polymer perimeter fence, a first of its kind in the country, which will protect the airport from weather conditions near the coast.
  • South Africa - Lanseria International AirportThe expansion projects include a new, large domestic low-cost airline terminal which will mean the current terminal will convert to the International Terminal. Infrastructure will also include a new, additional runway, a new multi-story parkade, along with extensions to the existing parking area to create a multi-story parkade, as well as possibly a new hotel located on the grounds. 

    George Airport. For the next phase of the airport upgrade, airport authorities are looking to install batteries that will be used to store energy needed on cloudy days and at night. The operating firm in charge of the project, Airports Company South Africa, announced it hopes to achieve “carbon neutrality”, or zero carbon emissions.

    Cape Town International Airport. Extension of primary runway. Construction of parallel and rapid exit taxiways. Realignment of existing runway to reduce noise pollution for local populace. Expansion of terminal infrastructure.

  • Zambia. Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. Constructon of a new passenger terminal will have an international arrivals and departures areas, as well as new aprons, taxiways and control tower.
As the headline projects from African nations demonstrate, developing the necessary airport infrastructure is vital in order to effectively encourage and sustain the regions air travel industry. As Africa attracts greater levels of passenger interest, both globally and inter-regionally, expanding and upgrading its airports is a prerequisite to satisfying rising demand. While the current round of runway extensions, terminal constructions and equipment purchases is significant by anyone’s standards, the full investment landscape is only beginning to emerge as Africa begins the lengthy process of updating its airport infrastructure to serve a larger, more demanding and more diverse market audience.
Modern Airports Africa, State of the Market: Major Airport Projects in Africa

For more information about other airport project developments in the rest of Africa download Modern Airports Africa 2017 the State of the Market: Major Airport Projects in Africa and Cushman & Wakefield's 2018 research publication The winds of change: an Africa Perspective

SADC's aerotropolis developments

In March, AASA shared a news snippet Aerotropolis: the airport city debate that revealed aerotropolis projects in South Africa are in progress at the Dube Trade Port and KZN King Shaka International Airport; the Riverfields development linked to the City of Ekurhuleni's aerotropolis project near OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng; the Nelson Mandela Bay project in Port Elizabeth; and the Cape Town International Airport project. Here are project updates:


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