Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has put in place elaborate operational plans to accommodate the expected large passenger flow of cricket fans attending next year's Cricket World Cup (CWC) in Port Elizabeth.
ACSA,United Cricket Board and South African Airways, the official 2003 CWC carrier, are involved in monthly implementation meetings in order to ensure that operations during the event are smooth.
As part of Port Elizabeth Airport's R30 million terminal upgrade, new airline offices and extension of the security holding area will be completed before the event. This will enable boarding to take place from five gates compared to the three currently in use. International passengers will also be processed from the same area.
Mr. Phil Kuyler, National Manager: Customs visited the airport and expressed his acceptance of the plans in place.
Also,the relocation of airline staff offices will make a total of 400m2 area available for use.
Upgrading of the rest of the terminal will start in January 2003 and only the areas not directly used by passengers will be affected. Although the current arrivals building will be demolished, this will only take place a week after the last match in Port Elizabeth.
In addition to the use of the terminal, ACSA is implementing plans to use a large hangar to process passengers through. This is a process that has been used at Durban International Airport during major conferences with great success.
From discussions with our partners (South African Police Services, Home Affairs, South African Revenue Service, South African Airways, United Cricket Board), the close collaboration forged so far will enable Port Elizabeth airport to handle the expected passenger flow as well as the required aircraft.
Said Dr. Ali Bacher, Executive Director: Cricket World Cup 2003: "The Cricket World Cup is getting tremendous support from ACSA and their contribution is most significant to ensuring that this is going to be a successful event."