Msunduzi to get involved in running of airport

2014-06-13 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality is looking at creating a municipal entity to run the Pietermaritzburg Airport.

Currently the airport is outsourced to Indiza, which also manages the Richards Bay and Virginia airports.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said at present they have little influence over the growth and expansion of the airport.

The municipality, which has conducted a feasibility study, wants to be more creative and look at broadening the services offered by the airport and inviting other airlines to fly to and from here.

Nkosi said the move could result in jobs being created.

He said a CEO would be appointed to run the airport, whose work would be overseen by a board of members with skills in the aviation, financial and related fields. The CEO would also be tasked with ensuring the airport’s growth and development.

The executive committee gave Nkosi permission to proceed with legislative procedures to set up the entity.

Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business CEO Melanie Veness said she would be better placed to comment after examining the results of the feasibility study. However, she said that running an airport is not a core function of a municipality.

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