Airport runway plan gets green light

Big changes are on the cards for the Philippi area as the Airports Company of South Africa has just been granted environmental approval for its plans to realign the runway at Cape Town International Airport.

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ACSA hopes to be able to begin construction for the new runway and associated taxiways project some time next year. Completion of the project is only expected in 2022.
The R3.18 billion project includes a plan for a new domestic arrivals hall, a new international departures hall and a completely new terminal.
The upgrade will be a game-changer for the Philippi area, expanding the opportunities for the area’s upliftment through involvement in the expansion of the airport economy, bringing opportunities for investment, job creation and new businesses, and taking Cape Town a step closer to becoming an Aerotropolis city.
The changes will allow much larger commercial aircrafts such as the Airbus A380 to land in Cape Town, and will change the capacity of the airport to handle flights – now up to 45 flights an hour will be possible, changing the way Cape Town businesses can access international export opportunities.

A diagram showing the intended realignment of the Cape Town International Airport Runway. The 11 degree shift will change the noise cone of the flightpath of aircraft using the airport, which will have implications for land use in the area. Philippi's location adjacent to the airport makes it a natural partner in plans for Cape Town to become an Aerotropolis City.
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