King Shaka Intl prepares for soccer fans

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Pretoria - KwaZulu-Natal's King Shaka International Airport will move its public pick-up and drop-off areas in anticipation of the thousands of passengers who will pass through the airport during the World Cup.

To accommodate the "unprecedented high number of airline passengers into Durban" for the tournament, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has developed a Special Transport Operational Plan.

As part of the plan the public drop-off and pick-up area will be moved from its current location to a designated area in the shaded parking from 6 June, ACSA said in a statement.

The eastern portion of the airport's shaded parking has been temporarily converted into a pick-up and drop-off area. The public and all unaccredited vehicles will be directed to this new parking area from 6 June to 11 July. Those who use this area illegally or leave their vehicle unattended will find their vehicles wheel-clamped or towed away. Cars will be allowed in the parking area for an hour.

"Due to the high demand of international and national visitors through the airport, ACSA has decided to cater for these passengers and for accredited vehicles only thereby giving ACSA better management of the area and at the same time minimising congestion and delay for all airport users during this critical time," ACSA said.

The eastern entrance to the shaded parking and the northern entrance to the parkade will also be closed to the public and instead used for the movement of World Cup accredited vehicles.

"Through the assistance and help from the public ACSA will be able to put their best foot forward and ensure that visitors for the 2010 FIFA World Cup that pass through King Shaka International Airport can experience true KZN hospitality," the airports company said.

The eThekwini Municipality will also operate an Airport to City Shuttle at 10 to 15 minute intervals. The shuttle will travel from the airport through Umhlanga Rocks, Gateway, along Durban's beachfront and stop at the city's Central Transport Hub.