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Old October 26th, 2013, 06:36 PM   #21
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Old February 19th, 2014, 09:37 AM   #22
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Went through Pmb airport this morning. Looking really good after its upgrade. I'll try get more pics on the way back.

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Old February 19th, 2014, 10:14 AM   #23
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Old February 21st, 2014, 09:19 AM   #24
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looks better than Bloem airport >.<
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Old February 21st, 2014, 09:36 AM   #25
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I'm not so sure about that... Bram Fischer airport has had a nice little facelift...

Check this: http://www.mangaung.com/wp-content/u...1383672451.jpg
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Old February 24th, 2014, 08:59 AM   #26
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Ya, I fly there all the time. It is a good facelift from what it was, but looks like Pietermaritzburg had a better one. haha
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Old February 25th, 2014, 09:41 AM   #27
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Nice airside views from most of the terminal

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Old April 21st, 2015, 11:51 AM   #28
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Not entirely sure what they planning, but it is a bit of a teaser.

Multimillion rand boost for Maritzburg airport

05 April 2015 at 12:29 by Zongile Mthimkhulu -

Following a R200 million cash boost plans are afoot to turn Pietermaritzburg airport into a business and lifestyle precinct.

Msunduzi municipality's Mxolisi Nkosi says as the provincial capital city and second biggest economy in KZN - Maritzburg has the potential to become a reliable alternative for air travel and other related activities in KZN.

"We have looked beyond the airport and said we want a precinct that will be developed around the airport and therefore we want the airport to develop a lifestyle on its own."

He says "We do not want it to be a place where people come in to take flights, land and go home. We want to create another lifestyle but in airport related activities".

Source:http://m.ecr.co.za/post/multimillion...zburg-airport/
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Old April 21st, 2015, 12:05 PM   #29
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Ok found a more detailed article in the witness.

Breathing ‘life’ into airport
01 Apr 2015
Thamsanqa Magubane


The Msunduzi Municipality revealed yesterday that it plans to invest more than R400 million over the next 30 years.

Nkosi said over the years, the traffic at the airport had grown significantly, justifying the millions being invested.

Among the activities that are planned, he said, were aviation businesses and pilot academies.

The proposal said the first phase, which would last until 2025, had already started. By then, it estimates, the airport should be used by more than 250 000 people per year.

The Witness understands the current traffic is around 100 000 people a year.

Phase two would be triggered when the demand exceeds 250 000, and phase three would be triggered when the numbers exceed 500 000.

The document proposes the construction of a new apron during the first phase, to expand the current terminal building to cater for increasing passenger numbers at peak hours. This phase would cost about R150 million.

The second phase would increase the size of the airport, the size of the taxiway and again increase the size of the terminal building to cater for more people during peak hours. This phase would cost about R40 million.

The third phase would improve the infrastructure around the airport and would include the access road and car park area. This would cost around R240 million.

Speaking on the possibility of adding other flight routes, he said it depended on demand. “Previously, we thought of establishing the flight to Cape Town, but there is not enough demand. Even SAA is scaling down on flights to Cape Town.”

He said another idea was to consolidate flights between Ulundi, Richards Bay and Pietermaritzburg. “We thought of feeder flights … there is already a flight from Ulundi to Pietermaritzburg, and we thought of creating a feeder flight that will create one long haul flight to Cape Town.”


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Good to see that they are upgrading....

Though I think the R400m figure is probably very optimistic.
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Only other pic I can find of the upgrade. None appear online... Greg got anymore?



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Good to see that they are upgrading....

Though I think the R400m figure is probably very optimistic.
Over 30 years? I thought it was incredibly cautious
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Old April 21st, 2015, 12:44 PM   #33
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Over 30 years? I thought it was incredibly cautious
Sorry, wrong choice of words... Optimistic as in it will end up costing WAY more than R400m when they're done... R400m may be the final price on Phase 1.
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Old April 21st, 2015, 10:39 PM   #34
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I don't mean to be disrespectful or anything, but why invest in an airport in Pietermaritzburg when there is a perfect airport in Durban which is like 30min away?
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Because normal people would take approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes to drive the 103 km between Pietermaritzburg and King Shaka. Not everyone drives like a Formula 1 driver late for church...
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Also, this airport is actually closer to suburbs like Waterfall and Hillcrest in Durban, than they are to King Shaka. It would work as a perfect secondary airport for Durbans outer west suburbs, the growing Cato ridge area and the midlands. And clearly it is doing something right when it is growing that way it has been. It has a target population of over a million people. When they start growing into the middle class it's a large base to work from, bigger than Bloem or East London or George. So as a long term vision it is a good one in my opinion

Also it is not owned by ACSA and we keep shouting out for competition
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Because normal people would take approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes to drive the 103 km between Pietermaritzburg and King Shaka. Not everyone drives like a Formula 1 driver late for church...
And way more if they in morning or evening traffic
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Old October 28th, 2016, 04:42 PM   #38
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Here's a detailed Environmental Scoping report for Pmb airport expansions
http://inr.org.za/wp-content/uploads..._-Sep-2016.pdf
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From February‚ you'll no longer have to go to Durban if you want to fly between Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town.

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Airlink plans to start a daily return flight between the two cities on February 6‚ using one of its 20 Embraer 135‚ 37-seat jets.

“This is an exciting development on our domestic route network‚ which we believe will be popular with both business and leisure travelers‚” said Airlink marketing and sales manager Karin Murray.

Flights will leave Pietermaritzburg at 7am and land in Cape Town at 9.10am‚ and depart from Cape Town at 5.35pm and arrive in Pietermartizburg at 7.30pm.


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From February‚ you'll no longer have to go to Durban if you want to fly between Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town.
Fascinating move from Airlink. It'll be tough to make it work with only one daily flight, but given that they'll be selling under the SA code it would be easily combinable with XZ and JE flights from DUR.
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