Toyota wants old airport

2010-11-16 00:00

CAR manufacturer Toyota South Africa has approached the eThekwini Municipality to park 4 500 cars at the old Durban International Airport.

The airport has lain idle since the opening of the King Shaka International Airport at La Lucia last year.

Henry Pretorius, senior executive advisor for Toyota in Durban, confirmed to The Witness yesterday that the auto maker has asked eThekwini to be allowed to use the old airport space.

“Yes we have spoken to the city. We have run out of parking space and they have a huge piece of land that is not being used.

“We asked to be granted permission to use the old airport until they have decided what to do with the land, something which could happen in the next two-and-half years,” he said.

There has been no response from the city yet but Pretorius is confident Toyota’s rquest will be granted.

“Look, they need the revenue and we need the land so I don’t anticipate any difficulties … we are now waiting for the city to approve,” he said.

He said the company has been parking its vehicles in small parking spaces around Durban, but the old airport parking site makes more sense especially since it is closer to Toyota’s own premises in Durban.

Toyota SA’s corporate public relations manager, Leo Kok, said the company is looking to use other sites besides the airport.

eThekwini had not replied to question from The Witness by the time of going to press.

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