A new and upgraded terminal building at the Bloemfontein Airport was officially opened in October 2009 by the Minister for Transport Sibusiso Ndebele.
“The airport development also prepares South Africa for the future influx of passengers as current projections indicate that South Africa may have to double capacity every nine years,” Ndebele said.
The R46 million terminal reconfiguration project, also include an apron upgrade, a hotel, and a road alignment project, which were all expected to be completed by January 2010.
Ndebele said all the development projects by the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) at airports should place the company in a place to accommodate the influx of passengers estimated to be over 35 million by 2010.
The company’s two biggest projects are the construction of the new international airport at La Mercy, to the north of Durban (R7 billion) and the construction of the central terminal building (R900 million) at the Cape Town International Airport.
Ndebele said by the end of 2012 the 10 airports under ACSA’s network should be able to handle over 40 million passengers.
“The addition of the new facilities here in Bloemfontein prepares us to deal with that expected influx beyond 2010,” he said.
Source: South Africa The Good News www.sagoodnews.co.za