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Make time, take time and enjoy your travel
Tuesday, April 11, 2006 | 00:00

With the Easter holidays approaching and a calendar of exciting events taking place around the country, ACSA, Africa’s largest airport authority, expects a high traffic month this April for the ten premier South African airports under the Company’s management. This is particularly true for the coastal airports (Durban, Cape Town, George, East London and Port Elizabeth) as well as O.R. Tambo International Airport.

“About 3 million passengers are expected to travel through our network of 10 airports during April and we are ready to facilitate them. A hassle free holiday begins at the airport,” says Bongani Maseko, ACSA’s Operations Director. “Essentially, it’s all about making and taking the time to enjoy both the journey and the destination itself. We urge all passengers to arrive at the airport early, at least one and a half hours before, which is critical to allow sufficient time for parking and check-in.”

Furthermore, to ensure smooth security-check process, passengers are reminded that they will not be allowed on board if they are in possession of prohibited items. A detailed list of prohibited items, such as knives, needles, sharp objects, etc, has been placed at various strategic points at our main airports and is available through ACSA’s website at www.acsa.co.za

As Maseko correctly points out, the positive impact of tourism and trade on the SA economy speaks for itself. Since airport infrastructure plays a vital role in this, ACSA aims to continue providing local and international travellers with an unparalleled travel experience and the world class service excellence that airport consumers rightly expect.

This philosophy is highly applicable to the upcoming April – May holiday season, which will see countless families and individuals winging their way to events such as the Durban Tourism Indaba,  Old Mutual’s Two Oceans Marathon and the Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race as well as enjoying the public holidays such as Easter, Freedom Day and Worker’s Day.

Besides the large scale refurbishment projects aimed at upgrading facilities at ACSA’s three international airports in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, currently underway, Maseko advocates that cooperating with parking marshals and security officers quickens the parking and checking-in process.

ACSA travel tips for flying high include:

Systematic pre-trip planning: This effectively means no last minute packing, or frantic cancelling of newspaper deliveries. Organised travellers arrive at the airport ahead of time, especially during peak season, and avoid the hassle of long check-in queues.
A typical traveller arrives an hour prior to departure and does not take into account extra time to park, walk, queue, go through security checks etc. An extra half an hour for the latter is highly recommended.

The early bird gets the best parking space: Due to large scale construction work at the three international airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, there is a temporary shortage of parking space. So set the wheels of your holiday in motion by ensuring that you get there first. ACSA have made an additional Park and Ride’ facility at Johannesburg at Super South Gate available at low long term tariffs for clients who want an alternative to the terminal building parking facilities. This low cost facility is close to Jet Park, past Emperors Palace (previously Caesars Palace). Scheduled bus shuttles will then deliver you to the front doors of Departures. To find out more information on these parking areas as well as the shuttle schedule – please call 0867277888 or SMS 'parking' to 35007 for parking availability. Durban also has a shuttle service between the terminal and to the parking facility situated south of the terminal.

Baggage: Further delays are often caused due to passenger baggage not being secured. Always ensure that cases are locked, and fitted with identification tags. Avoid placing small valuable such as cell phones, laptops, watches, etc. into checked baggage. Straps should also be fastened as these can get stuck on the conveyer belt. To assist in the prevention of delays and baggage losses, passengers are encouraged to have their luggage wrapped at the airport.

The holiday begins here: For the well organised traveller, the airport offers an exciting ambience to begin unwinding. A delicious cup of coffee in relaxing surroundings or some retail therapy at one of the airport stores before the first boarding call, are ideal ways to slip into that holiday mode.

With a little help from you in terms of your planning and the completion of forward thinking construction projects, there is no doubt that air travel consumers, can look well beyond the FIFA Soccer World Cup to airport experiences where the sky’s the limit!

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Notes to Editor:

Highlights of the Easter 2006 Holiday Calendar

1.      Easter Weekend (14 to 17 April)
2.      Old Mutual 2 Oceans Marathon (15 April)
3.      Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race (22 April)
4.      Long weekend: Public holidays on the 27th April and 1st May
5.      Durban Tourism Indaba (6 – 9 May) 

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