Air travel restrictions for Madiba week of mourning

2013-12-09 09:56
Pretoria – Military authorisation will be required for all flight operations scheduled for Mthatha Airport in preparation for former President Nelson Mandela’s State Funeral.  

SAnews.gov.za reports that no commercial traffic will be allowed into the airport, except for the existing Airlink schedule and South African Air Force chartered flights.  

They will also not allow any fuel uplifts and all flights have been advised to carry enough fuel for their return legs.  The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) said it had put measures in place to accommodate an influx of international visitors.  

Arrangements have been made at all airports to accommodate an influx of international visitors. Acsa said in a statement that normal major-event processes will be activated at OR Tambo International as well as East London Airport during this period.  

Temporary infrastructure has been created at East London Airport to handle more than the 2 000 passengers per day that the airports currently facilitate. Extra staff has also been allocated for the airport to assist in dealing with additional services.  

Acsa said it would communicate any relevant impact on its services on its website www.airports.co.za, customer care line and the media.

Due to the expected increase in passengers arriving and departing from Acsa airports over the coming days, travellers are encouraged to arrive at least two hours before their departure time to ensure check-in, security and boarding procedures go smoothly.

Passengers are also reminded to be in constant communication with their respective airlines to validate traveling times.  

Useful contact details:

Acsa customer care number: 086 727 7888

SAA customer care number: 011 978 2888

kulula customer care number: 086 158 5852

Mango customer care number: 086 100 1234
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