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Airports ready as cyclists gather for the Cape Argus Pick `n Pay Cycle Tour
Thursday, March 06, 2008 | 00:00

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is expecting higher than normal passenger traffic, particularly at its three main international airports O.R. Tambo, Cape Town and Durban, due to the influx of cyclists traveling to and from the 2008 Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour this weekend.

The airports are geared up for this event, the world's largest individually timed cycle race, and extra measures have been put in place by ACSA in collaboration with the airlines and other stakeholders to ensure the smooth processing of all passengers traveling through the airports.

Anyone planning to fly this weekend is reminded to ensure that they arrive at least 90 minutes prior to domestic departures, in order for them to find parking, check-in and enjoy their flight. Travellers are also urged to please be patient whilst they are being processed. 

At O.R Tambo International Airport, passengers planning to fly with British Airways and Kulula will find the Super South parking facility more convenient as the two airlines have made arrangements for bicycles to be dropped off close-by. The Super South parking facility, which cost R10 a day, now boasts a total of 3300 parking bays and has 24 hour security. The facility is situated a short ten minutes away at the Super South Gate near Emperors Palace and is complemented by a free shuttle service that runs every 15 minutes between the facility and the airport terminals.

South African Airways (SAA) and Mango passengers are advised to hand their bicycles in at the specially designated area at the Domestic Arrivals kerbside (ground level). Nationwide passengers can check their bicycles in at Nationwide cargo.

At Cape Town International Airport, to assist the cyclists, a special bicycle collection and drop off point has been put in place with the necessary directional signage available throughout the airport.

Passengers are able to conveniently collect their bicycles from a central point where the different airline collection areas are located.

To date approximately 6000 bicycles have been handled and a further 6000 expected.

At Durban International Airport, SAA passengers should drop off and collect their bicycles from the cargo section. Passengers on all other airlines can check their bicycles in and collect them from the arrivals hall on their return.

Airports Company South Africa is confident that it will once again be able to manage the influx of airport users in view of the world largest timed cycling event. For more information regarding bicycle check-in passengers should contact the airline they are flying with. 

For enquiries, contact:

Solomon Makgale
Manager: Communication
Airports Company South Africa
Mobile: 082 781 8863 

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