The sky is the limit for Africa's airports upgrade

Posted On Thursday, 10 March 2005 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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For companies involved in the design and construction of airports, there are planned projects and new investments to upgrade airports in the region

Infrastructure IndustryFor companies involved in the design and construction of airports, a raft of planned projects and new investments to upgrade airports in east and southern Africa will offer South African companies a welcome opportunity to bid for new work.

The necessity need to meet growing traffic and cargo volumes, upgrade safety and security and accommodate new-generation large aircraft such as the Airbus A380, is motivating an increasing number of African governments to invest in improving their airports.

Competition between airports, particularly those that serve as gateways and regional hubs, is fuelling the drive to offer passengers, and service providers like airfreight and courier companies, with superior facilities.

The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), recognises this imperative and ready to meet the challenge of the 2010 Fifa World Soccer Cup Final, that is expected to see an estimated two-hundred thousand 200 000 visitors coming to SA. As the owner and operator of nine principal airports in SA, including the three major international airports at Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, Acsa is rolling out an ambitious programme to meet future demand.

To increase international terminal capacity at Johannesburg International, two major projects are planned. One is the Echo Apron Development, which includes the installation of nine contact stands with air bridges and a new taxiway. This project will take approximately about 25 months to complete at an estimated cost of R220m.

The second major project, to be completed within the same timeframe, is the International Pier Development, which aims to boost international terminal capacity by increasing the number of holding lounges, airside commercial areas and boarding gates.

The project entails constructing a pier building extension, with associated infrastructure, to existing international terminals, costing about R482m.

Meanwhile, in Kenya funding is being made available for the renovation and reconfiguration of the main terminal building at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, while reconstruction of the terminal building at Kisumu airport, and rehabilitation and extension of its runway, is also to be undertaken.

While Kenya goes ahead with these projects, which are likely to strengthen its position as a travel hub for east Africa, the government of Tanzania is also seeking wants to increase traffic through its airports. A design review is currently being finalised for the rehabilitation of airport pavements (runway, apron and taxiway) at Dar es Salaam International airport, for which 31m has been allocated. Construction is likely to start later this month.

An additional $47m has been earmarked for a second phase of development that will see further pavement rehabilitation, upgrading of terminal buildings (or possibly the construction of a new terminal) and the installation of CCTV and x-ray equipment to improve security.

Also in prospect is the rehabilitation of Livingstone and Lusaka Airports in Zambia, for which the government has secured funding of Euro E 13 450 000 from the EDF (European Development Fund. Work at Lusaka International will be undertaken by GM International in a joint venture with Sarroch Granulati, while contracts for work at Livingstone are expected to be signed by May 2005.

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