Most importantly, this new facility built at a cost of 103 million-rand has been hailed as a major boost for the country’s hosting preparations of the World Soccer Cup Tournament in 2010.
The Parkade is one of the many facilities which form part of Airports Company South Africa’s (ACSA) long standing 5.2 billion-rand project allocation, for infrastructure development at all its airports. As South Africa’s second largest airport, Cape Town International now has a total of 4600 parking bays and construction of an additional 2 500 bay facility is due to commence soon to cater for the airport’s increasing traffic. This process, leading up to the 2010 tournament is running concurrently with the overall facelift of the airport and involves the immediate construction of a new 900 million-rand Terminal Building, set for completion in 2009. The existing runway is also expected to undergo a major overhaul at a cost of 75 million rand.
George Uriesi, Cape Town International’s General Manager says “we continue to demonstrate our commitment to addressing passenger and airline needs while enhancing the overall airport experience for all our clients. At ACSA, we believe the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament is more than just about soccer, it is an event that will offer South Africa unique visibility in the world and therefore our readiness for it should be beyond question”.
The company’s state of readiness for 2010 will be put to the test when 350 000 international visitors walk through the country’s airports to experience this international soccer spectacular and ACSA is adamant about meeting its deadlines for the event. Apart from Durban, Cape Town and O.R. Tambo International Airports, smaller airports like George, East London and Bloemfontein are expected to host large volumes of international visitors during the world cup tournament. These airports are scheduled for major overhauls in the near future to enable them to effectively manage the expected traffic.
Monhla Hlahla, ACSA CEO says that “Our airports serve as a gateway into Africa and the completion of the Cape Town International Airport Parkade is another milestone of our 5.2 billion rand programme. Many of these deliverables, which had been in the pipeline prior to SA’s securing of the hosting rights for the world cup tournament, had to be brought forward in order to meet the infrastructure requirements for 2010. However as a world class airports company, our vision goes beyond 2010. We are developing the infrastructure at all our airports to meet the growth in our traffic volumes”.
“ACSA is part of the global industry and therefore we are exposed to serious competition which necessitates that our infrastructure is on par with international standards and where possible even surpass such standards. We aim to ensure that the company remains internationally competitive, whilst delivering superior customer service and superior innovation for our varied stakeholders. The benefits for 2010 will not only accrue to ACSA but to other sectors such as the Tourism industry which is already experiencing a large influx of foreign tourists” says Hlahla.
With the projected forecast for international traffic (including intra continental), the 3 main airports are expected to host over 13 million international passengers in 2010.