The construction of Terminal 2010, Cape Town International Airport’s new multimillion-rand passenger terminal, is on track and expected to be complete by the end of 2009, the airport’s general manager has disclosed.

Speaking to the Cape Argus in an exclusive interview on Monday, Airports Company South Africa’s (Acsa) Cape Town general manager, Deon Cloete, said that in spite of the “nasty” winter weather, construction work on the new terminal was up to date and well on track ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

He said the “substantial progress” was thanks to dedicated workers committed to “getting the job done”.

Work on the new R1,5-billion terminal development, which is scheduled to be complete by August, started in 2006 and is predicted to change the face of Cape Town’s airport forever.

“We will be phasing in the new terminal, but it should be fully operational by early 2010,” said Cloete.

“By 2009’s third quarter, T2010 (Terminal 2010) would have been completed already.”

Other big airport projects include a second 4 000-bay multistorey parkade, an R82m road network upgrade, and upgrades to the apron.

All the projects are expected to be completed by next year, and fully operational by May 2010, Cloete said.

About 80 percent of the projects would be commissioned and completed in 2009.

“The rest of the work will just be minor additions, but will be completed by 2010.”

Cloete said he was not too concerned about the actual building and construction as he was confident that the structures would be completed in time.

Instead, he said, Acsa was focused on planning, and how to staff its operations during the World Cup.

“The focus is shifting away from the building side to the operations side of it,” Cloete explained.

“We are working with all the role-players and partners to make sure we host a successful World Cup, and to make sure our guests and visitors reach Cape Town, their hotels, the stadium and their home countries safely.”

Cloete said all airlines, tourist companies and the government were working together to make sure everything went according to plan.

“There is extensive planning under way,” he said.

“In terms of security, which is absolutely critical, we are constantly in negotiations and planning with the police and all the agents in the security fraternity.

“The airport’s police station has recently also doubled its manpower from 100 police officers to 200 officers.”

Terminal 2010 will have 120 check-in desks, 20 self-service customer machines, 10 carousels, 11 security points and 10 passenger-loading bridges.

Upon completion of the parkades, there will be more than 8 000 parking bays, and the road network around the airport will be able to accommodate about 2 500 cars an hour. The current capacity is 1 200 cars an hour.

About 23 000 passengers pass through Cape Town International Airport every day.

PUBLICATION: (Cape Argus) (Page 6)
AUTHOR: Clayton Barnes
DATED: 18th November 2008