Wonderboom Airport back on track

2020-03-07 16:11
An aeroplane flies at Wonderboom Airport. (Deaan Vivier, Gallo Images, Beeld, file)

An aeroplane flies at Wonderboom Airport. (Deaan Vivier, Gallo Images, Beeld, file)

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The DA in Tshwane announced on Friday that the controversial Wonderboom Airport is back on track.

The City of Tshwane's oversight committee on roads and transport has given the airport the greenlight after approving 16 recommendations made during a council meeting in November 2019.

The party claimed the airport had suffered under private contractors who brought the once successful and busy airport almost to a standstill within two years.

Councillor Elmarie Linde said the DA had appointed former airport manager Hendrik Kleynhans last month to run it.


"Changes are already visible at the airport. The focus is on restoring the working relationship with tenants, to get airport operations back on track and normalise the airport again by addressing many non-compliant issues that the Civil Aviation Authority had identified as risks," added Linde.

A municipal sweeper has been deployed to get rid of possible debris on the runways and taxiways and to clean the apron - the area of an airport where an aircraft is parked, unloaded or loaded, refuelled or boarded.

"Among other things, a procedure for a maintenance and reporting programme has been finalised, the buildings are being repainted and floors retiled.

"Front loaders and back actors are being used so that water leaks can be addressed and to remove the ground heaps next to the perimeter fence that were used by criminals to obtain illegal access to private property in the area.

"Road markings have been done, the erection of runway and taxiway directional boards are underway and traffic signs have also been replaced," Linde said.

She promised that the long-outstanding security infrastructure would be fixed soon along with the re-visiting of access cards.

The City plans to reintroduce an airline passenger service to and from Cape Town and other destinations.


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