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ACSA gearing up for Argus cycle tour
Sunday, March 05, 2006 | 00:00

ACSA gearing up for Argus weekend – one of the busiest in the year

Acsa investing in infrastructure to facilitate huge increases in passenger traffic

Passenger Growth
Passenger traffic through ACSA’s network of airports is growing at a phenomenal rate, largely driven by the domestic market as a result of the current buoyant economy. Whilst all airlines are experiencing growth in passenger volumes, the low cost airlines are benefiting significantly, growing the market as they make it possible for people, who would ordinarily not consider air transportation, to fly.

To put this into perspective, we have been experiencing tremendous growth, increasing by 14,3% to in the last financial year over 26 million passengers a year. We expect the corresponding period to March 2006 to show similar growth.

“With the Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour weekend, one of the busiest in the year for air travel, coming up, we are readying ourselves to work together with the airlines and other service providers to ensure hassle free travel arrangements,” says Mr Bongani Maseko, ACSA’s Director of Airport Operations.

Mr Maseko pointed out that with seat availability already a challenge for the airlines, passenger traffic at the airports, particularly Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town international airports, will be very high over this period.  ACSA has therefore provided helpful hints to make the airport experience part of the trip as trouble free as possible.

“Arriving at the airport early, at least one and a half hours before, is critical to allow sufficient time for parking and check-in. We have established an SMS service (send “parking” to 35007) for up to the minute parking availability information at O.R. Tambo International while at Cape Town International a help line (021) 937 1200 and (031) 451 6626 at Durban International can be used. Alternatively, Cycle Tour or general enquires can be emailed to service@acsa.co.za,” Mr Maseko added.

Additional temporary staff will be brought in at Cape Town and O.R. Tambo international airports to assist with general airport operations in the terminal buildings.

Parking Developments: O.R. Tambo International The passenger growth has generated increasing parking demand. As part of the company’s R5,2 billion five-year infrastructure development plan, work at O.R. Tambo International has already begun on the development of a second multi-storey parkade, estimated to cost R350 million, that will add another 4500 parking bays. The first phase of that parkade will be open to the public later this year and will finally be concluded in the latter part of 2007. 

Also, for the convenience of airport users and due to the large number of parking bays distributed around the airport precinct, a system to assist drivers, indicating open areas for quick and hassle free parking has been developed. This system is also accessible via the website (www.acsa.co.za).
There are 14 large electronic parking sign boards to help direct traffic flow as drivers enter the airport precinct to help drivers choose a parking option as early as possible.  Furthermore, traffic assistants wearing the black t-shirts and yellow reflective jackets will direct drivers to available bays.

We have also arranged a low cost ‘Park and Ride’ facility at Super South Gate 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). You will take the Griffiths off-ramp from R21 South towards Boksburg, turn left onto Griffiths. At the T-junction, turn right. Turn left at the 1st traffic light and follow the “Park and Ride” signage. Contact  011 921 6093 for further details. Payment Options: the exit booms, all major credit cards are accepted. For cash payments, please use pay stations located in the multi-storey parkade opposite the terminal terminals prior to returning to your vehicle at the Super South Gate. Shuttle busses will operate 24hrs a day between this facility and the terminals.

This facility may be convenient for 1Time, Nationwide, BA and Kulula passengers as the airlines have made arrangements for bicycles to be dropped off near the facility. South African Airways’ passengers must hand their bicycles in at the specially designated area at the Domestic Arrivals Terminal B Kerbside. Directional signage will be provided.

Parking Developments
Cape Town International The construction of the airports R100 million five storey parkade is nearing completion. The ground floor is already in use to reduce pressure on vehicle parking. Once complete, the airport will have approximately 4 600 parking bays almost double its current capacity. The parkade will have a separate vehicle entrance, which will help ease traffic pressure on the ring road, and two pedestrian entrances and exits to the terminals.

The multi storey parkade is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken at Cape Town International Airport.

ACSA along with all of the airlines have put special plans in place to assist cycle tour participants. Domestic SAA passengers can collect their bicycles from the SAA technical hanger, while 1Time, BA/Kulula.com and Nationwide passengers are able to collect their bicycles from the new Cargo area. Directional signage is available throughout the airport. Airlines will make brochures available on-board their aircraft for additional information.

International passengers are met by their sponsors with their sponsored vehicles allowed entry into the inner lane of the airport. Their bicycles arrive as luggage with them and need not be collected from any of the available collection points.

ACSA in conjunction with Pedal Power ensures that welcome banners and flags which are displayed inside and outside of the Terminals immediately greet all cycle tour participants on arrival in Cape Town.

In total, CTIA handles approximately 10 000 bicycles.

Parking Developments: Durban International The airport is busy with the R90 million three-storey car park facility. This project commenced in January 2006 and will continue for the next 18 months. The current car park opposite the terminal has been closed to make way for phase 1 of the construction. Airport users will be directed by parking attendants to available parking south and north of the terminal.

The multi storey car park, once completed, will increase total parking offering to 2950 parking bays at Durban International Airport. Users are encouraged to use the drop off zone that is directly next to the short term parking, north of the terminal.

There will be parking available south and north of the airport and users are encouraged to look out for the attendants that will direct you to the available parking.
Airport users are encouraged to utilise the shuttle service available to and from the terminal. -ENDS- 

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