Airports Company South Africa
Airports are no longer merely gateways to regions or City Airports but are themselves Airport Cities, with a hive of commercial activity taking place, linked directly and indirectly to aviation. Cape Town International Airport is no different.
It is Africa’s most award winning airport. As Africa’s 3rd largest airport, after Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport and Cairo’s Airport, it processes approximately 8.6 million passengers annually with over 50 % of the country’s air passengers passing through the airport. The airport is home to 23 airlines, connecting Cape Town to a number of International destinations such as Paris, London, Dubai and Turkey, to name but a few. The airport offers a diverse retail experience and surrounding it are varying commercial activities. Plans are afoot to add a new office block on the precinct. In fact, the airport has a recommended R11bn capital expenditure programme over the next 10 years. These will only commence upon industry and regulatory approvals. Amongst others the projects include a Central Pier and Terminal 2 development with a R3bn runway realignment set to take place provided environmental authorisation is received in 2015.
The airport is keenly aware of its responsibility toward its neighbouring communities and through a robust Socio Economic Development plan aims to make a meaningful difference. In the past three years alone the airport has invested just under R10m in its neighbouring communities through a range of programmes. In 2014 it hosted the first of its kind Transformation Conference with the aim of showcasing upcoming airport business opportunities and the ways in which it would support SMME’s, skills development and entrepreneurship.
The business remains committed to playing its role in growing the economy and the communities of Cape Town and the Western Cape.