New multi-million rand KZN airport ‘taking shape’

2008-08-08 00:00

The 3,7-km runway and the control tower at KwaZulu-Natal’s new international airport are both beginning to take shape, following almost a year of construction at the La Mercy site.

About 2 300 contractors have been accommodated at 100 “park homes” on site.

“Cable ducts’ details across the runways are in the process of being set out and the steelwork for the control tower has already been completed,” said the Airports Company of South Africa [Acsa].

“The team are currently looking at the office layout and design, which will be further consulted with Air Traffic and Navigation Services before it is finally signed off,” said Colin Naidoo, communications and brand manager at Durban International Airport.

The site is located between Sibiya Casino and the Tongaat Toll Plaza, using the N2 (northbound) freeway as a reference point.

“The professional teams are … finalising the structural design, including constant consultations with the design teams, architects and service providers in terms of building finishes, signage, way-finding systems and lighting,” he said.

The airport is expected to be completed early in 2010 with a capacity of 7,5 million passengers per annum in the first phase.

Acsa chief executive officer Monhla Hlahlashe recently estimated that more than R5 million is currently being spent daily on the construction of the mega-project, which is linked to the major Dube TradePort development.

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