Economic development outfit, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), at the weekend called on companies to submit tenders for a conducting a feasibility study or business case to develop the Lukhanji (Queenstown) airport into a business hub.

Interested parties would have to have undertaken at least three similar projects before, and the study would include an assessment and list of the existing assets, as well as any infrastructural shortfalls.

It also included an investigation of the airport’s current use – both business and private – and comments on the revenue it generated for the local municipality, and how this could be improved.

In an advert in the Sunday Times newspaper, ECDC said that the study would include looking at past evaluations, so that the airport could “become an icon of fiscal economic growth for Lukhanji and the surrounding areas”.

The tender’s closing date was April 21.