Mist diversions at city airport much reduced

2010-11-23 00:00

ALTHOUGH travellers on the Johannesburg route had to put up with diversions and delays at Oribi Airport because of bad weather yesterday morning, significant progress has been made in minimising the number of such incidents this year, says a provincial treasury official.

A mere 16 such incidents were recorded between January 2010 and October 2010, compared with 80 between January 2009 and October 2009.

A total of 46 incidents were recorded between January 2008 and October 2008.

Clive Coetzee, the general manager of the KZN Treasury’s intergovernmental relations unit, is driving the treasury’s recapitalisation of the airport.

He told The Witness that the number of passengers using the airport has increased significantly in recent months.

Total passengers amounted to 6 970 in October 2010, up from a mere 1 489 in January 2010.

Airport manager Hennie Erasmus told The Witness that the cloud base was “too low to allow for the landing of aircraft” yesterday morning.

Erasmus said they have put in place a number of measures to ensure that the number of diversions and delays is kept to a minimum.

Planes have been equipped with global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).

An impressive new lighting system has also been installed at the airport.

Coetzee added that the airport is in the process of acquiring new non-directional beacons.

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