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Old September 20th, 2009, 07:41 PM   #61
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And now the real thing and how it is developing thanks to Juzzy's mate!!

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DEPARTURE LEVEL









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PARKING LOT/PARKADE





ESCALATOR FROM ARRIVALS LEVEL TO DEPARTURES



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Old September 20th, 2009, 08:56 PM   #62
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the construction workers are mainly South African right?? are there any from India or Bangladesh?
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Old September 21st, 2009, 07:27 PM   #63
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no idea...i would doubt it. There are alot of international specialists working on this project, but the vast majority of the man power will be local people from Durban
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 11:21 PM   #64
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This airport is looking so good - the people that say it will be a white elephant are obviously either from CT or JNB and have never seen the state of the current DIA. This is a long time coming for Durban and I predict it will be a huge success - I think mainly airlines from Asia and Oz will use it. Is the photo labelled parkade an hotel rather - does not look like a parking garage with those little square windows. Looks like it will be a very upmarket airport - with Giorgio Armani and Gucci etc. I am glad they have Vida e Caffe and Exclusive Books. I hope they will have a Woolworths like ORT. I think gates 1 and 2 are for A380 - since each one has 2 arms - sorry if this old news.

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Old September 24th, 2009, 07:02 PM   #65
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The parkade is behind that building. That is a 5500m2 office block for airlines, ACSA and some other businesses that are directly related to the airport.

Yes it is having a Woolworths Food, and a few other "different" airport stores.
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Old September 24th, 2009, 10:18 PM   #66
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That will be good - at last Durban gets the airport it deserves.
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Old September 25th, 2009, 09:30 AM   #67
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From what my mate told me these will be the airline offices,,,

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Old September 27th, 2009, 07:27 PM   #68
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those are internal offices, but look at Joburg and CT airports, there is a separate building for the ACSA and airlines offices... what else will 5,500m2 of office space next to the parkade be used for?
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Old September 29th, 2009, 07:12 PM   #69
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i only just saw lefty's pan shot back at our home forum...didnt realize there was a building next to the parkade
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 07:58 PM   #70
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Old October 19th, 2009, 10:36 PM   #71
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I am so nonplussed about the request by comair to buy the old DIA. First there was all the talk about how there was like no need for a new airport and that DIA was sufficient for years to come. Now they say that Durban can support two airports? Go figure. All I can say is that DIA needs to shut as KSIA needs as much traffic as poss - otherwise we could face another Dorval - Mirabel disaster.
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 10:19 PM   #72
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it was a marketing/attention seeking ploy by them
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 10:42 PM   #73
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it was a marketing/attention seeking ploy by them
Tell me about it - they are too transparent. Should we be using part two of this thread now Mike? It is a bit confusement!
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Old November 4th, 2009, 03:54 PM   #74
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Old durban international airport = drag strip , now u speaking my language
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Old November 18th, 2009, 05:35 PM   #75
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Visiting the airport

Does anyone know whether the public is allowed to visit the airport ?
If not, up to what point can you go to ?

And how do you get there ? Which off ramp do I take on the N2
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Old November 26th, 2009, 08:35 PM   #76
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Does anyone know whether the public is allowed to visit the airport ?
If not, up to what point can you go to ?

And how do you get there ? Which off ramp do I take on the N2
You can't get there at the moment, it's a full-on construction site. The closest you can get to is Mount Moreland - take exit 190 on the N2, turn towards Verulam, and there's a gravel road to Mount Moreland on your right a few hundred metres down the road.

The exit to the airport is still under construction; it's between the aforementioned exit 190 and exit 202. I'm guessing that it will probably be assigned exit number 195 or 196.
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Old December 13th, 2009, 05:31 PM   #77
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public areas should be open early in the new year though.

can someone put the latest pics in here?
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Old December 14th, 2009, 01:23 PM   #78
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CROSS POST FROM SOUTH AFRICAN FORUM

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Monday, November 30, 2009 | 00:00
The R7b project of the new international airport at La Mercy is well on track more that 86% of the project already completed with the air traffic control tower beneficially handed over to Air Traffic and Navigation Services. The airfield lighting has also been commissioned recently which basically tested the runway lights. The air bridges are in the commission stage and tests are being conducted.

The contractor, Ilembe Consortium is well on track to deliver, as part of the contract, 25% completion of the passenger terminal to Airports Company South Africa by the end of 2009. This completed area of the airport terminal is critical so that the familiarisation and trial terminal operations can be conducted.

Development Overview

Runway length 3,700 m to accommodate largest design aircraft
7,5 million passengers per annum
Ultimate capacity 45 million passengers 2060
30 Code C aircraft parking bays ( 12 Air Bridges)
4 Code F Aircraft parking bays
6500 Vehicle parking bays
Air Traffic control facilities
Aviation fuel farm
Waste water treatment plant
Cargo Facility
Road Network and Interchange
Airport Maintenance support buildings and facilities
Terminal area 103 000 square meters
Support Zone,Trade Zone and Agri Zone
Size of the Development

Material Quantity Equivalent To
Runway and Taxiways 400,000 m2 100 Soccer Pitches
Terminal Floor Area 103,000 m2 27 Soccer Pitches
Earthworks 5.8 Million m3 2,500 Olympic Swimming Pools
Concrete 100,000 m3 50 Olympic Swimming Pools
Structural Steel 4,700 tonnes ½ the Eiffel Tower
Asphalt 230,000 tonnes 35 km of a 4 Lane Highway

Comparisons of Durban to New Airport

Areas Durban La Mercy
Runway 2.4kms 3.7kms
Terminal Area 30 000 m2 103 000 m2
Air Bridges None 12
Public Parking 2490 6500
Retail Space 2900m2 6500m2
Aircraft Parking Bays 24 34
Areas Durban La Mercy
Lifts 11 25
Escalators none 12
Passenger numbers 4.4 mpa 7.5 mpa
Check in counters 52 75
Retail outlets 14 50
Car rentals 8 10


Future of Durban International Airport

Once the new airport is fully operational by May 2010, the current airport will be decommissioned as an airport and all aviation business will be relocated and conducted at the new airport.

The current airport, once decommissioned as an airport, will become a prime piece of property which being planned to be disposed off. The disposal of the property will be conducted by task team that consists of ACSA, Department of Trade and Industry, National/Provincial Government and eThekweni Municipality.

FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup event is being planned to be managed from the new airport and the old airport could be used in case of an emergency and possibly to park aircraft should it be required and only during the event.

Name of the new airport

This issue is now on the critical path as the name of the airport has to be issued so that Civil Aviation regulations can be met in terms of the airport international code, placement of the code and name into aviation manuals and also the road and directional signage that needs to be completed by the end of 2009.

The matter is being prioritised at national government level and through this process there have been public sessions held and as ACSA we look forward for that matter to follow due process and the name officially issued.

Operational Relocation and Airport Transfer (ORAT)

The ORAT program is well on track and a team of about 30 work stream leaders are working on the program to make it a reality. The ORAT team is ensuring that every aspect of the airport operation and relocation is given priority and a time sensitive plan is in place for each of the activities. There will also be, in the 1st quarter of 2010, a robust public awareness campaign on the airport relocation so that the public and airport users know exactly how the relocation will occur and how it will impact on them.

The daunting but exciting task of relocating the airport “overnight” to the new site is exactly what is planned. Behind the scenes is a team headed by Bongiwe Pityi (AGM Airport Operations) for ACSA who has a team of local and international consultants working on the ORAT.

The plan is that on 30th April the last aircraft will land at DIA and after the passengers have left the airport those aircraft will have to be relocated to the new airport. The equipment and resources will also be relocated for most of that week but certainly overnight of the 30th April. The next day, considering it being a Saturday and a relatively quieter from an operational perspective, the new airport will commence operations.

As part of the ORAT program the Familiarisation Training program has commenced on 16th November 2009 and will continue until 22nd April 2010. The familiarisation program will involve taking all airport staff on a daily basis on site for training and also a site visit. There will also will be specialised training provided by the various companies for the equipment such as air bridges, escalators, automated baggage system, etc.

The Familiarisation program has already seen more than 400 staff and stakeholders being exposed to the new airport and we have about another 3000 to go. Obviously due to the construction shut down during the festive season, the site will be closed from 18th December 2009 and reopen in the 1st week of January 2010. During this time the contractor will ensure that the site is secure and deploy the relevant staff on site in case on any emergency. We will stop the program and continue in earnest early in January 2010.

It has been reported that the nature of this project has become a catalyst of major economic growth for the province of KZN and the country and that it has and should create about 150 000 to 200 000 jobs directly and indirectly. Airports Company South Africa and all airport stakeholders at the current airport is busy with interventions for the staff relocation process from the old airport to the new.

Employment and business opportunities for the operation of the new airport will be publicised by the necessary airport service providers and companies according to their resource and business needs in the public domain in the next few months.

As part of the positive record of decision issued by DEAT for the project in 2007, there are various environmental conditions attached to that decision. Airports Company South Africa is working closely with the relevant government agencies and specialists to ensure all conditions are complied with during and after the construction of the project.

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Old December 19th, 2009, 06:02 PM   #79
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looking good!
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Old January 21st, 2010, 09:46 PM   #80
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some of Ron's pics from King Shaka today, fantastic mate!!!...

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The first building going up in the Trade Zone. Apparently a facility for DHL
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The DVOR navigational aid
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Aircraft bay 11 on the Alpha Apron. Notice the bus gate area on the right
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The exit of the passenger drop-off road, with the southern end of the airside corridor on the right.
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The southern side of the passenger terminal
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A close-up of an airbridge on the Alpha Apron. These ones will handle short-haul aircraft such as the Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 and Boeing 737
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Pedestrian access from the long-term car park to the passenger terminal building
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Pretty mean looking air conditioning for the passenger terminal building
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The parkade at the passenger terminal building. Has three levels, but it can be expanded upwards.
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The northern side of the passenger terminal building. Notice the service road running into the basement.
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