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International Airport for George?

posted Dec 6, 2010, 12:36 AM by Elaine Bell

02 Thu, Dec 2010

Acsa has confirmed that it is aware of plans by the Eden district municipality to attain international status for George airport but at this stage it had not formed part of discussions.
Eden mayor advocate, Faried Stemmet, was recently quoted saying the municipality is looking for international status for the airport but that plans are still at an early stage.


Brenda Moses, airport manager at George Airport told Tourism Update Online Acsa had always encouraged business at all its airports and if there was confirmed demand for international flights to operate at George Airport then action would be implemented to accommodate them.


However, Moses explains that several steps will have to be taken before the airport can receive international status. She says council will have to engage with government with regard to the status of the airport and staffing of immigration, border police and the Department of Health will have to be negotiated.


“Also, the Western Cape already has one international airport, which means a special dispensation would be required to allow for an additional international licence,” says Moses.


Then, should international status be granted, an international terminal would have to be built to accommodate immigration, border police and the Department of Health.


Moses says, depending on the aircraft that would use the airport, the runway might have to be lengthened and widened and provision made for additional aircraft parking stands.