Airport expansion plans to boost city’s economy

Bold plans for the multi-million rand upgrade of the city’s airport precinct have been released for public comment bringing the planned development a step closer to fruition.
The proposed phase two of the Msunduzi Airport Upgrade consists of incorporating a mixed-use technology park, manufacturing districts and business precincts that will be supported by infrastructure and transportation services, retail offices, residential accommodation and conference facilities.
Airlink CEO Rodger Foster said that the planned upgrade for the airport is exciting for the long term prospects for growth and development of the airport as well as the improved access and connectivity it will provide for the citizens of Pietermaritzburg.
“Airlink encourages the plan and its implementation in the interests of enhancing the long term connectivity of Pietermaritzburg and its communities nationally regionally and internationally, whilst facilitating economic development in the specific focal areas of knowledge, logistics and manufacturing, within the airport precinct” said Foster.
David Gengan, Economic Development manager at Msunduzi Municipality said the development of the land surrounding the airport will be used to develop the concept which will increase cargo transported by aviation and will also relieve the traffic of trucks carrying cargo on highways.
“The airport is growing rapidly, and has more than doubled in capacity in the last five years. The airport is going to continue to grow and we have to make sure that make plans to accommodate its growth” Gengan said.
To view the proposed Phase Two draft plan visit: https://gallery.mailchimp om/1edfd2546dc219140f7aafe73/files/Draft_Airport_Precinct_Concept.pdf

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Jade le Roux
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