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ACSA confident construction to be complete by 2010

Posted On Friday, 06 October 2006 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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ACSA says work on all its projects at Johannesburg International Airport is in full swing and it is confident that by 2009 all the construction work will have been completed

Infrastructure IndustryAirports Company South Africa (ACSA) says work on all its projects at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is in full swing and it is confident that by 2009 all the construction work will have been completed to ensure that there is no construction activity during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
 
As part of its 5.2 billion rand infrastructure development programme, ACSA is spending around 3.5 billion rand at JIA - which is to be renamed OR Tambo International Airport on October 27.
 
Providing an update on Thursday, JIA General Manager Chris Hlekane said towards the end of 2009, the international and domestic terminals will be linked via a Central Terminal Building and this will result in a central passenger processing unit for both domestic and international passengers.
 
The facility will be equipped with infrastructure for baggage handling for the Airbus A380 and will be connected to the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link. Construction work began in June 2006.
 
He said a new pier will allow for a substantial increase in the number of passengers boarding and disembarking through air bridges and the resulting improved passenger service will help airlines improve their turnaround times.
 
The pier development will also provide additional passenger holding space and offer an expanded Duty Free mall for international passengers. It will also include a bus station to serve departures to remotely parked aircraft.
 
Construction is well underway and the first phase will be completed in March 2007, Hlekane said.
 
The first phase of the second Multi-Storey Parkade project, which will see a further 5,200 parking bays added to the current 8,700 bays, is scheduled to open to the public in August 2007 with full completion in December 2008, he added.
 
Construction of the new upper roadway, which will allow for the extension of the international departures concourse into the existing upper roadway, began in February and the anticipated completion date is end February 2007.

Tenders for the extension of the international departures public concourse is currently in progress.  Anticipated completion date for this work is end 2007, he stated.
 
The new upper roadway project also includes the construction of a concrete floor and support columns for the Gautrain station building.  The construction of the walls and roof for the Gautrain Station building will form part of the Terminal A concourse extension contract.  This work is funded by the Gauteng

Provincial Government and managed by ACSA on their behalf.  The internal fit-out of the station will be done by the Gautrain Concessionaire.
 
ACSA said it has also increased its focus on illegal taxis, porters and loiters following complaints from passengers and has procured the services of a private security company, supported by SAPS, to assist in this regard.
 
Hlekane said baggage handling remained one of the key priority areas and efforts to ensure that there is less human intervention with the bags are continuing.
 
"We are in the process of procuring an automated baggage tag scanning and tracking equipment. This will ensure that bags are not picked up from the conveyer belts to be scanned," he noted.
 
He added that ACSA has also increased surveillance cameras and the number of surveillance analysts as well as intensified operations by ACSA security and
the police. The intensified operation has so far led to the arrest of 22 people who work in the baggage handling environment, he said.
 
In terms of customer service improvement, ACSA has identified the human element as a key focus area for improved service excellence and customer care, and has launched several projects to realise this goal.
 
It has appointed 16 people to assist as customer service agents within the terminals and they are currently undergoing customer service training at the airport, he added.
 

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