Acsa ‘ready’ for Cup after completing all upgrades

Posted On Wednesday, 26 May 2010 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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With Airports Company SA’s infrastructure upgrades complete at all 10 airports, the attention is now on the operational readiness for the World Cup.

Infrastructure ImageWith Airports Company SA’s (Acsa’s) infrastructure upgrades complete at all 10 airports, the attention is now on the operational readiness for the World Cup.

“We are 100% ready for the World Cup,” Chris Hlakane, GM for OR Tambo International Airport, said yesterday. “All our airports are ready and it is a case of last-minute cleaning and sprucing up.”

Tebogo Mekgoe, assistant GM at OR Tambo and 2010 project leader, said since the announcement in 2004 that SA would host the Soccer World Cup, Acsa and its stakeholders have been hard at work behind the scenes getting the airports ready.

“Our aspiration was to have our airports construction free and our facilitation systems and procedures well refined. I can confidently say we have achieved that,” said Mekgoe.

With the tournament due to begin in a little more than two weeks, Acsa has already begun to receive some of the teams taking part.

“We are expecting four teams this week, including Brazil, Australia, Argentina and Denmark. Next week we will receive 16 teams and the following week the last 11.”

While Acsa will initially facilitate the teams’ arrival in SA, Fifa will take over that function from June 4.

Acsa has set up a separate temporary facility to receive the teams.

“We have partnered with Siemens who are specialists in providing temporary structures for big events. The structure has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority and Ekurhuleni municipality.”

Temporary structures have also been put in place at Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth airports to cope with the spike in visitor numbers.

Acsa expects the number of passengers to double over normal peak period, particularly the initial stages of the tournament.

“During normal peak periods we handle about 2000 passengers an hour at OR Tambo and we expect to double that amount in the first weeks of the Cup. That means OR Tambo as well as several other airports will be operating at peak levels for 16-18 hours a day,” said Mekgoe.

To limit congestion, Mekgoe urged passengers and visitors to use Acsa’s SMS service to check on the status of flights before arriving at the airport.

 

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