Cape Town International Airport’s Central Terminal Building, a year on…
Sunday 7 November 2010 marked one year since Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town International Airport (ACSA CTIA) opened its doors to the new central terminal building.
Since then, the airport has processed just over 7,306,701 passengers and seen 43 222 aircraft departures. The central terminal building’s (CTB’s) consolidated Domestic and International check-in area was a first for CTIA. Another first was the consolidated security screening point allowing the airport to derive more efficiencies. Through the airport’s expansion programme other firsts included the elevated roadway, transport plaza, parkade with 4000 parking bays (double the size of the first one) and 8 new air bridges for use by Domestic passengers. With the new terminal also came a new automated baggage system which has already processed 2,972, 902 pieces of luggage!
The month of November is not only special because it marks the milestone of the CTB, but it also signifies the beginning of the airports peak season. Some of the seasonal airlines have resumed their summer schedules; these include Lufthansa Airline (flying daily to Frankfurt), Virgin Airline (flying daily to London), Air Berlin (flying twice weekly to Düsseldorf) and British Airways which has put in place a daily additional flight to London.
“The opening of the CTB last year was a proud moment for all airport employees, but it was also a proud moment for Cape Town. It brought with it much needed additional capacity. It offers ample space, wonderful retail facilities and it’s functional. Many Capetonians heaved a sigh of relief when they moved through it for the first time”, says Deidre Hendricks, Communications Manager, Cape Town International Airport.
“This time of year is also particularly busy as we start to see more International visitors pass through the airport”, continued Hendricks. While the airport often facilitates large numbers of people, the highlight has undoubtedly been the Soccer World Cup, with approximately 23 000 passengers being processed per day. During this period, the airport’s busiest day was 7 July, where just under 27 000 passengers were processed!
Cape Town International Airport was voted Best Airport in Africa and Best Airport for Staff Service Excellence in the Skytrax Awards. CTIA received top honours for the SA Roofing magazine Steel awards and was nominated as a finalist in the South African Council of Shopping centres, retail, design and development awards. These accolades belong to the people, who everyday work hard to create a positive airport experience.