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^^ With all due respects waltjie, I wouldn't have expected those airlines to come to KSIA anyway. British Airways is in a spot of bother and may not want to adversely affect Comair's operations (wonder if there's some Comair influence in that?), I doubt that there's sufficient demand for Hong Kong at this stage and there'll be even less demand for Istanbul, and Durban is on the wrong side of South Africa for the American carriers so they would almost always choose JNB and CPT over DUR.

What would be more realistic is a different carrier operating UK flights (where's flightplan these days?) and maybe a Far Eastern destination if we're lucky (Singapore?). The infrastructure is now in place - now the real work, marketing Durban to the world, must begin.

@Switch, I'm pretty sure that there is a viewing deck, judging by external photos - maybe you just missed it when you were there?
 

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Well there you have it. TNW for April 14 has the likes of British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta and Turkish Airlines stating that they will not consider the new DUR airport as a destination.
Wow hardly the biggest surprise mate. BA have major issues so no surprises there, cant barely afford anything at the moment and would rather keep propping up dear old comair on domestic connections anyway. Cathay Pacific often struggle on the Joburg route and there are far better places to arrive into asia (Singapore with better connections). And Delta and Turkish airlines are of no significance to Durban anyway - Delta pulled out of CT and Turkish serve a very niche market. They both dont need more than one entry to SA.

If this statement had said Qatar, Singapore, SAA, Jet/Kingfisher, Virgin then i would have pricked my ears. But we were not expecting any of those airlines to fly to Durban in the first place.
 

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was thinking exactly the same...

on the topic of the viewing deck, they also said on the radio today that there isnt a viewing deck which the durbanites weren't to happy about, anyone can elaborate?
 

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They are using the same flight schedule as DIA currently has. So first arriving flight on any giving Saturday will be the same for KSIA. Official openig day is 10 May.

As far as I have heard there are no special flights unless SAA get some A340 there. Emirates have not announced anything but it wouldn't suprise me if they get an A380 for either day to make a statement. Would be a great move if they do.

Still trying to decided if I want to wait all night for the first flight because there is no viewing deck! Might find myself atthe toll gate to get some photos!
Guess you guys are talking about first scheduled flights landing, with pax.

Regarding the aircraft moving over from DIA to KSIA, I guess they'll all move one by one soon after they finished their days work, not all one after the other after a specific time.
Airlink J-41 usually arrives back at DUR at 13:00 from MPM, then it's finished for the day...so that might be the first one moving over...then later the Airlink ERJ, SAX Dash8-300 and SAX CRJs (all guess before 20:00), before SAA, Kulula, Comair and 1Time finished later in the evening.
 

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Re: #Dube Tradeport & King Shaka International Airport - Durban [Part 3]

Probably will happen as flight are finished for the day.

Regarding the viewing deck. I ask while I was on the tour as I didn't see any signs. I think that room that looks like a viewing deck is offices. Might be ground control!?
 

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Been lurking for a while now. Time to contribute. Here is a list of flights in and out of Durban for 1 May 2010 according to ACSA.

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Airline	DEST	F/N	TIME	AIRCRAFT
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 528	6:30	319
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 530	7:00	738
1TIME	DUR-JNB	1T220	07:00*	MD
1TIME	DUR-JNB	1T220	07:00*	MD
KULULA	DUR-JNB	MN636	07:10*	737
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 534	7:40	738
SAA	JNB-DUR	SA 531	8:00	319
SAA	DUR-PLZ	SA 1344	8:05	CRJ
KULULA	JNB-DUR	MN607	08:10*	737
1TIME	JNB-DUR	1T209	08:10*	MD
1TIME	JNB-DUR	1T209	08:10*	MD
MANGO	JNB-DUR	JE229	08:20*	738
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 538	8:40	738
1TIME	DUR-JNB	1T210	08:45*	MD
1TIME	DUR-JNB	1T210	08:45*	MD
MANGO	DUR-CPT	JE335	08:45*	738
SAA	DUR-CPT	SA 607	8:55	319
MANGO	DUR-JNB	JE238	08:55*	738
MANGO	DUR-JNB	JE238	08:55*	738
1TIME	DUR-CPT	1T651	9:00	MD
1TIME	DUR-CPT	1T651	9:00	MD
SAA	JNB-DUR	SA 535	9:10	319
SAA	PLZ-DUR	SA 1331	9:15	CRJ
MANGO	CPT-DUR	JE328	09:30*	738
MANGO	CPT-DUR	JE328	09:30*	738
KULULA	CPT-DUR	MN703	9:45	737
SAA	DUR-PLZ	SA 1334	9:45	CRJ
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 542	9:50	319
SAA	JNB-DUR	SA 539	10:00	319
MANGO	DUR-CPT	JE335	10:05*	738
1TIME	JNB-DUR	1T211	10:10*	MD
1TIME	JNB-DUR	1T211	10:10*	MD
1TIME	DUR-JNB	1T222	10:40*	MD
1TIME	DUR-JNB	1T222	10:40*	MD
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 546	10:45	319
SAA	CPT-DUR	SA 606	11:00	319
KULULA	JNB-DUR	MN611	11:00*	737
SAA	JNB-DUR	SA 543	11:15	738
SAA	PLZ-DUR	SA 1333	11:15	CRJ
KULULA	LAN-DUR	MN511	11:30*	737
SAA	DUR-CPT	SA 613	11:30	319
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 550	12:00	738
KULULA	DUR-JNB	MN626	12:00*	737
KULULA	DUR-LAN	MN530	12:00*	737
MANGO	JNB-DUR	JE249	12:05*	738
SAA	JNB-DUR	SA 547	12:10	738
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 554	12:40	738
MANGO	DUR-JNB	JE262	12:40*	738
SAA	DUR-PLZ	SA 1338	13:10	CRJ
SAA	PLZ-DUR	SA 1345	13:15	CRJ
SAA	JNB-DUR	SA 551	13:20	319
MANGO	CPT-DUR	JE324	13:25*	738
1TIME	CPT-DUR	1T652	13:45*	MD
1TIME	CPT-DUR	1T652	13:45*	MD
MANGO	JNB-DUR	JE251	13:45*	738
SAA	CPT-DUR	SA 612	13:55	319
1TIME	JNB-DUR	1T215	13:55*	MD
1TIME	JNB-DUR	1T215	13:55*	MD
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 558	13:55	319
KULULA	DUR-JNB	MN612	13:55*	737
MANGO	DUR-JNB	JE258	13:55*	738
SAA	JNB-DUR	SA 555	14:00	738
KULULA	LAN-DUR	MN531	14:00*	737
KULULA	DUR-JNB	MN612	14:00*	737
SAA	DUR-PLZ	SA 1350	14:15	CRJ
KULULA	DUR-CPT	MN704	14:15	737
MANGO	DUR-JNB	JE264	14:15*	738
MANGO	DUR-JNB	JE264	14:15*	738
SAA	DUR-CPT	SA 617	14:25	319
KULULA	DUR-LAN	MN534	14:30*	737
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 562	14:40	738
KULULA	JNB-DUR	MN615	14:45*	737
SAA	JNB-DUR	SA 559	15:00	319
MANGO	CPT-DUR	JE352	15:15*	738
KULULA	DUR-JNB	MN622	15:15*	737
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 566	15:40	319
MANGO	DUR-CPT	JE377	15:45*	738
MANGO	DUR-CPT	JE377	15:45*	738
MANGO	JNB-DUR	JE259	16:50*	738
KULULA	JNB-DUR	MN623	16:10*	737
SAA	JNB-DUR	SA 563	16:15	319
SAA	PLZ-DUR	SA 1339	16:30	CRJ
MANGO	CPT-DUR	JE352	16:45*	738
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 1442	16:50	DH8
KULULA	JNB-DUR	MN635	16:55*	737
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 570	16:55	319
EMIR	DUB-DUR	EK775	17:10	332
KULULA	JNB-DUR	MN633	17:25*	737
KULULA	DUR-LAN	MN536	17:25*	737
MANGO	JNB-DUR	JE271	17:30*	738
KULULA	DUR-JNB	MN630	17:55*	737
SAA	JNB-DUR	SA 571	18:00	738
SAA	CPT-DUR	SA 620	19:15	319
KULULA	LAN-DUR	MN513	18:35*	737
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 578	18:40	738
SAA	JNB-DUR	SA 575	19:00	319
SAA	JNB-DUR	SA 579	20:05	738
SAA	DUR-JNB	SA 584	20:50	738
SAA	JNB-DUR	SA 585	22:05	738
 

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This has to be a viewing deck, i cant see it being offices at all...
Sorry for butting in but I enjoy the discussions you all have been having. It's interesting to see how accurate some guesses have been! :)

The picture shows the viewing deck from Airline Offices. It has to be said that the picture was taken in 2009.

The airline offices have since been completed and handed over to ACSA who are already operating from there. The majority of the offices are situated behind where the camera man was standing and I must admit looks perfect for use.

I manage the signage implementation at the airport and have updated pics I can show... I just don't know how to upload them here??!?!!?


If you guys have any questions, I'll try answer wherever possible.

Kindest Regards,

Michael
 

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Welcome to the boards, Michael!! Please share pics. We'd love them!

How to post pics:

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2. Upload pics there (site is self-explanatory).
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Zuma to officially open King Shaka airport
April 13 2010 at 02:02PM

President Jacob Zuma will officially open the new state of the art King Shaka International Airport in KwaZulu-Natal on May 8, the province's economic development MEC said on Tuesday.

The R8-billion airport would start operating on May 1, but it would be officially opened by Zuma on May 8, MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu told members of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature in Pietermaritzburg.

"On May 8 history will be made when our president officiates at the opening of this state of the art airport which has superior facilities and a longer runway compared to the old Durban International Airport," he said.

The old Durban International Airport would be used during the World Cup then decommissioned.

"Pre-opening trials and tests of facilities continue to be undertaken to ensure that, come the decommissioning of the old airport and commissioning of the new facility, it is all systems go," he said.

He said the government's challenge was to attract more international airlines to use the airport. - Sapa

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=181&art_id=nw20100413133805936C636363
 

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See now that I really don't get....

How can someone open the airport after it has been officially running for a week?!?!?
 

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Welcome to the boards, Michael!! Please share pics. We'd love them!

How to post pics:

1. Join a site like photobucket.com.
2. Upload pics there (site is self-explanatory).
3. Copy the hyperlinks of each pic you want to post.
4. Paste the hyperlink on this website between the following, leaving no space between the two:

5. Pic appears on this website.

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Thank you Roman! I will try uploading tonight!
 

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Waltjie

Waltjie I get the distinct feeling you are either:
1. Put out by our new KSIA
2. Do not want to see any increase in air traffic to Durban
3. Worried that some traffic will leave JHB.

But looking back at your posts you appear to be opposed to anything to do with airport?

I have not seen ONE complimentary statement or observation from you. I have seen comments like Nasty pillars having a "friend" who was doing the ILS system who said it would not be ready (well we have a big problem then becuase it opens in 2 weeks time or is it wishfull thinking on your side?)
And your last post (which was no big surprise to anybody on here)

So what is the problem with KSIA? I do not see anybody else on here dissing JHB or CPT but you only appear to post negative comments about our brand new gleaming airport!!:eek:hno:
 

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^^ He works for one of the major airlines operating out of JNB and thus has a bit of a vested interest in keeping international traffic centered there. Let's just leave things at that. :)

Interested in seeing the updated signage pics!
 

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Can I just say that KSIA is STUNNING! All other South African airports will need to undergo serious facelifts to compare in the slightest!

It seems Durban has chosen the best in architecture for both airport and stadium!

I'm lucky to have been involved in both!
 

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What would be more realistic is a different carrier operating UK flights (where's flightplan these days?) and maybe a Far Eastern destination if we're lucky (Singapore?). The infrastructure is now in place - now the real work, marketing Durban to the world, must begin.
What I'd like to see is an Air Asia- style carrier offering flights from London Stansted to DUR. There were rumours of this last year but they came to nothing. It's a shame that none of the European or SA low cost carriers operate long haul flights, unlike the Asian LCCs. I'm British, live in the UK, but my wife is from Durban and we head down regularly. STN is the 2nd closest airport to us, after NWI.

New international services that might work for DUR:
- London, daily
- Indian ocean holiday flights, eg. Maldives, once or twice per week
- an Indian destination
- an Australian destination (Perth?)
- Amsterdam with KLM (wishful thinking!)

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All I can say is that I'm sorry! I have a few here but never quite thought of taking 'pretty' pictures that aren't sign related! :)

I'm heading to the airport now to check on the guys and will take a stack of decent ones. Sorry all.

In the meanwhile, I have the Drop Off area - taken at night:


This is the glass facade looking into the Check in areas in departures:


A panoramic of the check in counters - which actually looks weird:


International Check-In counters:


Domestic Check-In counters:


The airport as seen from the runway:


and another:


What I'll do is, as the airport looks so stunning at night, I'll take pictures from one end to the other to show on here and post either tomorrow or tomorrow evening.

Sorry again for the delay!
 

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No worries about the delay :)

Those photos are awesome enough.

I love that little blue accent light on the trusses... its very cool
 
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