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September 10th, 2008, 01:33 AM
Cape Town to build private airport for rich and famous
The place where the elite park their jets...
By Thabo Mabaso and Sivuyile Mangxamba
Cape Town's quest to be the playground of the world's who's who has received a boost with the announcement that a new private airport facility catering for the whims of rich personalities is being built at a cost of R250-million.
The new facility, which opens in 2009, hopes to play host to leaders of the world's top companies, pop stars, Hollywood royalty and other monied individuals.
Called the ExecuJet Business Centre, it will be one of only two in the country offering exclusive arrivals and departure facilities for upper-end business clients and rich executive class celebrities. The other facility is at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg.
'This is very exciting for Cape Town'
The centre is to be built on 3.5 hectares of industrial land on the western boundary of the Cape Town International Airport (CTIA).
The ExecuJet Business Centre was launched on Wednesday at the CTIA by the local developers Dave Mostert and Johnny Cullum. Nedbank Corporate Property Finance (Cape) is backing the project.
It will boast a state-of-the-art office building offering an executive passenger lounge with basement parking for 139 cars.
There will be a 2 262 square metre hangar able to accommodate up to 35 helicopters.
The 5 347 square metre jet hangar space will be able to house three global express aircraft at any one time.
Mostert, mastermind behind the concept, told the Cape Argus that the centre had already attracted the attention of top executive jet companies.
The centre hopes to cash in on the popularity of South Africa as a tourist destination in the run-up to, and beyond, the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
International aviation companies Agusta and Sikorsky have already signed up to use the centre.
"This is very exciting for Cape Town. The centre provides the private jet and helicopter community's ultimate destination, which means being at the centre of an industry that has a net worth of inestimable value," Mostert said.
The centre, which will not have its own landing facilities, will allow the aircraft of wealthy clientele direct access to the CTIA's runways.
ExecuJet Aviation claims the centre is the only one of its kind offering direct access to an international airport in South Africa.
Mostert added that in future the company hoped to set up a customs and immigration service at the aviation centre, making sure that rich visitors are processed in the comfort of luxurious surroundings.
The centre will also have a dedicated fuel supply and a workshop for the maintenance and repair of visiting aircraft.
September 10th, 2008, 01:34 AM
Execujet Head Office and Hangers, Cape Town International Airport
September 10th, 2008, 06:18 AM
September 10th, 2008, 12:35 PM
Has construction already started on this one? Thought it had...
September 10th, 2008, 12:38 PM
Looks awesome, thanks for the info!
September 10th, 2008, 03:09 PM
What type of aircraft will this airport accommodate? I mean, if it is only going to be able to handle small jets ("private jets"), then who are they catering for? "Celebrities" from regional Africa? Unless the rich and famous are going to come from Europe and stop in Africa to refuel...
September 10th, 2008, 03:11 PM
Sorry... I see they will piggy-back on CTIA.
September 10th, 2008, 08:50 PM
the article though says that they wont initially have customs facilities...that seems very odd!!
September 11th, 2008, 09:04 AM
the article though says that they wont initially have customs facilities...that seems very odd!!
So they will have an ACSA bus coming around every now and then to take them 'celebs' through... :lol:
September 11th, 2008, 09:11 AM
December 12th, 2008, 05:13 PM
Boost for Business Tourism
The development of a R250 million world-class aviation centre fronting onto Cape Town International Airport will position the city as one of the world’s foremost private jet and helicopter destinations.
The ExecuJet Business Centre, currently under construction, is expected to support Cape Town’s and the Western Cape’s efforts to become a powerful international player in the business tourism market, said David Frandsen, Acting Executive Manager: Integrated Marketing Services for Cape Town Routes Unlimited.
The new fixed base operation (FBO) will provide a dedicated terminal and hangars for private jet travellers and an application is being made for customs and immigration services.
Nedbank Corporate Property Finance (Cape) is backing the project for local developers Dave Mostert and Johnny Cullum, who already have numerous successful projects in the vicinity of the Cape Town International Airport to their credit.
Frandsen said that business tourism generates a return on investment of 35:1 and thus is a fiercely contested sector internationally. “Cape Town has so much to offer to this booming market, such as excellent conference and exhibition facilities and world-class infrastructures, coupled with the region’s natural beauty. We are experiencing significant growth in this sector and if it continues it will sustain our destination's infrastructural expansion well beyond 2010”, Frandsen said.
With direct access to the N2 highway, runways and international airport infrastructure, this unique location also provides an ideal environment for executive jet aviation-related tenants. “The imminence of 2010 and the influx of high net worth individuals it represents, makes the centre even more relevant”, said Mostert.
The completed project will include a 10 000m2 four level terminal building with split-level basement parking and ample office space for tenants likely to be in the jet-related field, although Mostert says he anticipates keen interest from a wide and varying tenant base. ExecuJet Aviation Group and aviation companies Agusta and Sikorsky are confirmed tenants, with the remaining 20% available for interested parties.
The building’s floors have a footprint of 1 700m2 and combinations of 200m2, 500m2, 1 000m2 and 1 700m2 can be accommodated.
Collaborating on the development designed by Architects Maas & Coetzee are Nanza Consulting (quantity surveyors), Africon (consulting civil and structural engineers), Eckon (mechanical engineering consultants) and Raubicon (electrical engineering consultants). Construction is by CSV Construction.
Mostert said the centre is designed and will be built with unrestricted attention to finish and luxury. “The centre provides the private jet and helicopter communities with an ultimate destination, so to be part of it means being at the centre of an industry that has a net worth of inestimable value and a growth potential off the scale.”
December 12th, 2008, 05:37 PM
Some renders from the Engineering News site:
December 12th, 2008, 08:59 PM
Flew out of CTIA today and the main construction is nearly finished - they are pretty much at full height so looks like its on schedule....
February 24th, 2009, 08:46 AM
Any website were we can see construction progress?
February 24th, 2009, 06:11 PM
any new updates?
February 24th, 2009, 06:26 PM
Airport brochure containing details and other renders:
February 25th, 2009, 07:48 PM
looks better than I expected
February 27th, 2009, 10:50 PM
I like those planes! wow!
March 27th, 2009, 10:09 AM
Business aviation company participates in R250m aviation centre project
Business aviation service provider ExecuJet South Africa is participating in the construction of the R250-million Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) aviation centre project.
The project involves the construction of a world-class aviation centre, adjacent to CTIA. The aviation centre is intended to support and service the growing number of private jets and helicopters that frequent CTIA.
ExecuJet South Africa MD Ettore Poggi explains that the business aviation-focused project consists of three distinct portions, which will be completed in two phases. The first phase was completed in November 2008 and consisted of two separate hangars.
A 1 400-m2 helicopter hangar and a 5 000-m2 fixed wing aircraft hangar were constructed, as well as associated engineers’ offices and stores facilities.
Poggi says that ExecuJet is the anchor tenant of the centre and leases the larger hangar along with the 7 000-m2 apron in front of the larger hangar. He adds that ExecuJet has the option of buying a 50% share in this hangar.
The second phase of the project should be complete in April. It is situated between the two hangars and comprises a four-storey office block with underground parking and additional open-air parking.
“ExecuJet will take occupation of the ground floor of the office block where it will house its fixed base operations (FBO) centre and associated offices and staff, says Poggi.
He comments that the project is progres- sing well, despite the weather delays caused by severe storms and heavy rainfall towards the end of last year. He says that the storms caused a delay of about two months.
Poggi adds that the same technology will be used at the Cape Town aviation centre that ExecuJet uses at its Lanseria facility.
The technology includes piped compressed air, single and three-phase power to points in the hangar and on the apron, closed-circuit vision monitoring, all amenities required by visiting crew and specialised epoxy flooring able to withstand the weight of a Global Express aircraft. He adds that the apron loading factor can accommodate a Boeing Business Jet, which weighs 189 000 lb.
He comments that ExecuJet was concerned about the levelling of the hangar flow, but the developer overcame this by using laser technology to level the floor during the laying of the concrete to level the floor.
July 7th, 2009, 04:58 PM
Is this complete?
July 8th, 2009, 02:03 PM
*ExecuJet will be moving into their office park within the next few weeks.
*They are on private land
*They use the runway at CTIA.
August 9th, 2009, 02:04 PM
August 9th, 2009, 05:00 PM
I wounder if FIFA VIPs will be using this
August 9th, 2009, 05:46 PM
Hectic. I wonder who had to park all of those planes. Tight fit.
August 10th, 2009, 12:26 PM
looks good though
Cape Town Guy
August 10th, 2009, 04:25 PM
Hectic. I wonder who had to park all of those planes. Tight fit.
its odd how it is so tight fighting considering how new it all is. Maybe thats how it's suppose to be.
August 10th, 2009, 07:09 PM
its for promo pics, these babys park like normal planes
August 20th, 2009, 02:49 AM
20 Aug 2009: Operator Handles Record Number Of Private Jets
EXECUJET South Africa handled a record number of private jet movements during the last two months with the inauguration of South Africa’s new President in May and soon after that, the 19th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa that took place in Cape Town from 10 -12 June.
During June ExecuJet’s new FBO in Cape Town handled delegates to the WEF with private jets carrying overseas ministers, presidents, VIPs and celebrities.
With numbers up significantly from last year, ExecuJet managing director Ettore Poggi commented “We’re pleased that our new facility has aided in the smooth transition of travel for the vast number of delegates attending this years WEF. They require high quality and privacy and ExecuJet’s new facility provides just that”. The Cape Town facility is strategically located parallel to the main runway with 5 000 sq m of hangar space and 7 000 sq m of dedicated ramp parking.
The aircraft flying into Cape Town consisted mainly of wide-body business (http://www.cbn.co.za/busindex.php) jets (Gulfstream IVs, Gulfstream Vs and Global Express aircraft) which, combined with the increase in jet movements, contributed to an increase in ExecuJet’s fuel sales.
Earlier, over the five day period of 7-11 May 2009 with the inauguration ceremonies, ExecuJet handled 28 international and 28 local movements at Lanseria and 35 movements at OR Tambo International Airport.
The ExecuJet Aviation Group offers a diverse range of services including pre-owned and new aircraft sales, aircraft management (http://www.cbn.co.za/sector/management.html) for private and commercial registered aircraft, aircraft charter and maintenance.
Headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, ExecuJet has operations in five regions – Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and South Africa, with a workforce of over 800 staff.
Sector Tags: Transport (http://www.cbn.co.za/sector/transport.html),
September 21st, 2009, 03:51 PM
CT airport gets R250m biz centre
21 Sep 2009
A R250m business centre on the fringe of the Cape Town International Airport has now been completed.
http://www.property24.com/Property24/Articles/ArticleImages/Execujet-3.2.gifThe AAA-Grade Execujet Business Centre forms part of a full aviation centre intended to attract high-end business clients, celebrities and politicians who need a landside facility.
The building is decidedly upmarket with marble tiling throughout. It has a large central oval atrium with a garden feature and a koi pond that runs along the entire perimeter of the garden. The building includes basement parking for all tenants.
The windows of the offices facing the runway have double glazing which regulates the audio and thermal environment and also saves energy by insulating the building more efficiently. All the offices are fully air-conditioned.
Access to the offices is via a biometric fingerprint scanner, the front desk is manned round the clock and there is also perimeter security 24/7.
Morgan Morris says that the developers have targeted a diverse profile mix of tenants including the executive aviation, charter, car rental and travel-related industries. Also included is an upmarket coffee shop/restaurant, import and export company and two renewable energy companies.
The Execujet private jet and helicopter hangars, which are alongside the business centre, allow for easy disembarking and direct access into fully air-conditioned lounges. In this section of the centre are breakaway rooms for meetings, conference facilities, work islands, all fully equipped and wired for internet and telephone connectivity. These facilities are strictly for the use of Execujet Business Centre clients, says Morgan Morris, who is handling the sales and marketing of the Execujet Business Centre.
The offices came on stream and the centre was fully operational from 13 September.
For more information contact Morgan Morris on 082 445 4293.
September 21st, 2009, 05:14 PM
^^ Wish the pics were larger, but looks really snazzy... More like a 5-star hotel lobby than an airport. :)
November 13th, 2009, 09:13 PM
April 28th, 2010, 09:42 PM
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June 30th, 2010, 10:53 AM
ExecuJet South Africa busy handling World Cup business jets
Actor and pilot John Travolta was among the first VIPs to pass through the ExecuJet FBO at Lanseria for the Soccer World Cup. He landed with his Boeing 707 from Buenos Aires and was accompanied by his wife, actress Kelly Preston and daughter Ella to lend support to the Australian national team. Travolta then held a press briefing in the ExecuJet VIP lounge.
With the World Cup now well underway, ExecuJet South Africa (http://www.execujet.co.za/) is set to do record business during June and July. Its FBO facility at Lanseria, near Johannesburg, handled 197 business jet movements in the first week, including aircraft arrivals from 27 Heads of State.
With the influx of visiting aircraft, additional parking space has had to be arranged with Lanseria International Airport. Business jets are being parked on the ExecuJet apron, the Lanseria freight apron, as well as on the parallel runway 06R. ExecuJet ground personnel have been working 12 hour shifts, 24/7 with the additional support of 15 temporary FBO experienced workers. Approximately 160 different aircraft and over 350 movements are already confirmed to arrive at ExecuJet’s Lanseria FBO for the duration of the soccer tournament.
ExecuJet’s Cape Town FBO, meanwhile, will handle approximately 120 international aircraft over the period, although this is increasing daily. This represents a 300% increase in movements.
“The majority of aircraft arrivals are inbound from the USA and Europe, but South America and African countries are commonly filing for last minute requests and additional request for already confirmed arrivals is a daily occurrence, especially before each game.“ said Mark Abbott, ExecuJet Aviation Group FBO Director “There is a real buzz at the FBOs here. It’s very exciting and everyone is working really hard.“ he added.
ExecuJet South Africa’s charter department experienced an upswing with many soccer supporters travelling around the country in chartered aircraft. On Tuesday 22 June, the company’s Lanseria base broke another record with 34 chartered aircraft movements during a 16 hour period. This is equivalent to a departure or arrival every 20 minutes.
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January 23rd, 2011, 01:53 PM
The Execujet section of the Cape Town international airport was built for VIP arrivals and departures. Tension Structures was brought in to improve the look and feel of the existing roof by using a fabric membrane to cover the steel roof sheeting – this was as a substitute for the conventional rectangular ceiling panels which were the original design.
Given that the building was completed and functional, the design and installation had to work with the structure as it existed, and cause as little disturbance as possible to the functioning of the building.
Instead of the using a simple flat fabric shape, the design team engineered a unique W-form design to keep in the natural light of the building while introducing a powerful feature to the building ceiling.
The membrane starts from the top of the ceiling above the windows, slopes downwards and is attached at different levels of the existing steel structure. Because the existing structure had these two levels, this allowed for the unique shape of the fabric membrane to be formed. However, the very low lateral strength of the central truss allowed very little sideways force at the fabric attachment points. To overcome this, Tension Structures built a bracket pulley system which was attached to the bottom of the truss. This allowed the installation team to tension the fabric effectively without adding sideways forces to the truss.
With innovative design and out the box thinking, this project not only covered the ceiling but did so in a more stylish and cost effective manner
“The design and installation was done in a slick and professional manner and the final result is more interesting than the envisaged ceiling at half the cost”
January 23rd, 2011, 01:58 PM
January 24th, 2011, 08:47 AM
nice offices, buisiness must be booming.
is that thunder city next door in 6th pic?