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KSIA to be officially opened by President Jacob Zuma smack bang on the INDABA weekend

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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YES! - It's definitely a tactical move taking advantage of the thousands of tourism industry delegates and media in the city for Africa's biggest travel tradeshow and a month before the World Cup!!!

INDABA 2010 set to capitalise on World Cup buzz in Durban
09. APR, 2010


INDABA 2010 in Durban is a month away and, with the World Cup kicking off in June, the southern African tourism industry is gearing up for the continent’s biggest annual travel tradeshow with more fervour than ever.

“It’s going to be a massive publicity event this year, effectively being the last major business and tourism showcase before the World Cup bonanza hits us a month later in June.

“Durban and the International Convention Centre (ICC) is going to be the epicentre of the hype around South Africa’s hosting of the World Cup,” said Ndabo Khoza, chief executive of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal.


Wendy Tlou, SA Tourism’s global communications manager, said: “Yes, Indaba 2010 is definitely going to be big because of the event’s close proximity to the World Cup.

“Many of the World Cup LOC bigwigs will be in Durban, together with some of the leading tourism industry deal-makers and government leaders.

“There are some exciting things and big names expected but that is going to be under wraps for now.

“Exhibition space for the event is sold out, and we have even reduced our SA Tourism stand this year so that the 2010 host cities can take advantage of the event and get more profile.

“We’re expecting a huge contingent of media again this year with already more than 400 registered,” said Tlou. “Many international media already in the country at that time, setting up for the World Cup, will come down to Durban for Indaba. Because of high numbers, SA Tourism is moving the media centre at Indaba to another part of the ICC and making it six times bigger this year,” she said.

Tlou would not name the VIPs expected for Indaba, but industry insiders say it won’t be surprising to see President Jacob Zuma or Fifa president Sepp Blatter among the big names attending.

There have been moves to try to get the spectacular Indaba opening ceremony broadcast on SABC. The Coca-Cola World Cup Trophy Tour is expected to start touring South Africa soon and Indaba organisers want its arrival in Durban to coincide with the trade show.


Tlou said SA Tourism was expecting similar attendance to last year because of the downturn.

However, they were expecting better quality exhibitors and tourism industry buyers at Indaba this year.

Last year, Indaba attracted more than 12 000 delegates. This included stand and event organising personnel; local and international tourism industry players – such as tour operators, airlines and destination marketing organisations; and more than 600 industry and mainstream media.

Khoza agreed with Tlou, saying that even if Indaba 2010 did not break the record in terms of attendance figures, there was no question this year’s event would be the most important and high-profile show yet.

“Due to the profile of the World Cup and hype around hosting the event, we are expecting top-quality industry buyers and better value deals to come out of this year’s Indaba. But it’s not just about the World Cup…

“The industry needs to be looking beyond that and how South African tourism can leverage off the global exposure of the event to boost international tourist arrival for years to come,” he said.

Khoza said another major factor in increasing the Indaba experience in Durban this year was the opening of the new King Shaka International Airport in May.

“This is a big thing and Indaba delegates jetting into Durban will be among the first to get to experience our stunning new airport.

“Also, many international delegates will have the opportunity to travel on Emirates Airlines’ new international air route into Durban for Indaba this year via Dubai. It will be the first time in almost a decade that they will be able to fly straight into Durban for Indaba.”


Khoza urged the KZN tourism industry to pull out all the stops to ensure that this year’s Indaba would be the best yet. He said the local industry also needed to look at the broader potential benefits from the event and not just the economic spin-offs of hosting it.

“Indaba is more than the five or so days of hosting the event. It is an industry trade show and the Durban and KZN tourism industry needs to be more proactive in taking advantage of the opportunities and business deals that could come out of Indaba,” he said.

“When we talk about the success of Indaba, it’s not just about the economic benefits of hosting the event. It is about the deals and networks that are made at Indaba with ‘buyers’ or tour operators who develop the tour packages to bring more tourists into a region. KZN tourism firms and business people taking part in Indaba need to ensure they have full diaries during the event,” said Khoza.

“The sooner the local industry realises that Indaba is not about all the tourism industry bosses staying at Durban hotels during the event, the better.

“It’s about the thousands of tourists and ‘bed-nights’ these important tourism industry people can bring into Durban as a result of business deals from Indaba.”

Meanwhile, turning to the World Cup, Khoza said this year’s Indaba would also see some last-minute industry engagements.

“It will effectively be our last opportunity to market the World Cup to the people that will help bring the tourists to South Africa – the tourism industry operators.

“But perhaps most crucial will be the large contingent of media expected. The expectations are that Indaba will get the good news about the World Cup out there and help in positively profiling the country,” he said.

Source: http://www.travelwires.com/wp/2010/04/indaba-2010-set-to-capitalise-on-world-cup-buzz-in-durban/
 

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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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Or even Air Namibia, i mean from Windhoek you can fly so many places but is that any different from flying with SAA or BA?but at least it gives us more choice?

Projectman you legend great pics
 

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Thanks for the pics. Any SA airport can be jealous of KSIA! I must say, had CTIA upgraded their International section properly, it could have compared to KSIA, but alas! KSIA's lighting and exterior facades are world class. Wish the interior would have been a bit more airy, but it is still the best airport in SA to date. :banana:
 

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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!)

signol

Or even Air Namibia, i mean from Windhoek you can fly so many places but is that any different from flying with SAA or BA?but at least it gives us more choice?
London should be a certainty within the next couple of years (Virgin).
Maldives is out, not even served from JNB...probably Air Mauritius to increase DUR service.
Indian destination should happen, Jet Airways started today to JNB, but have mentioned DUR...maybe 3x weekly.
Australia should happen in the long run, still many discussion and hopes of Virgin and V Aus meeting up in DUR from London and Oz respectively.
I doubt Amsterdam, rather Germany, maybe a carrier like Air Berlin seasonally.

Regionally I believe it would be great if SAX and Airlink base an aircraft to serve regional destinations that they currently serve from JNB as well...SAX with a CRJ200 to Windhoek and Gaborone and Airlink with ERJ to Harare, Lusaka, Livingstone, Antananarivo and the J-41 more to Maputo and also Manzini, Maseru and maybe Beira.
Of the regional airlines I'd only expect LAM to resume MPM sometime.
Other African contenders is probably just Kenya Airways and Ethiopian at the moment.
 

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Welcome Michael! finally an inside man :banana: so how's about you give us a tour on May 1 when we come for breakie meet up? lol

Airport looks awesome at night, blue lights on the trusses are becoming a cliché at most international airports, but hey I aint complaining, it looks great!
 

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Hi
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.

Code:
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
So... the Emirates flight isn't going to leave???
 

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Not sure if that list is totally comprehensive, the 1Time stuff seems all to be double and there is no Airlink, while I checked on SA to book Airlink flight between DUR and GRJ on 1 May.
 

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welcome Michael, thanx so much for the pics, cant wait to see more...

So are you confirming that the pic i posted is in fact the viewing deck for the public?
Hi Juzzy,

It's a viewing deck for the airport offices. Come to think of it, I can't recall a viewing deck for the public which is rather sad.

The airport is all pretty open though and I'm sure the public can see enough of the runway from outside.

I've updated your picture, taken today from around the same vicinity, and will be posting it shortly along with about 70 others I took for all to see.
 

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Okay so here is my update. To all who thanked me, it's only a pleasure! If I were ACSA and built such a beautiful airport, I would have updated pics for all to see on a daily basis! I suppose they want to keep the surprise factor... I hope I'm not ruining that! :)


If you don't want to ruin the surprise, DON'T LOOK! :D


So firstly, the update of the airport offices viewing deck:


As you can see, people have occupied the area and are working from the viewing deck. The area behind is all also being used by ACSA. The rest of this area called 'Airline Offices' is here:






I took photo's from the airline offices looking down onto the various areas here:








Then the area the A380's will be docking at:




And other random photographs:



























































That's it. If there are any specific areas you wanna see, let me know.

Enjoy!
 

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^^ Great stuff Projectman!!!
Best airport in SA hands down!
Just one question, regarding public transport, is there a bus terminal like in Cpt?
 
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