Cape Town International Airport

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Cape Town International Airport
CTIA-CentralTerminal.jpg
Cape Town International's new central terminal building and public-transit plaza
IATA: CPTICAO: FACT
WMO: 68816
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorAirports Company South Africa
ServesCape Town
LocationCape Town, South Africa
Hub for
Elevation AMSL46 m / 151 ft
Coordinates33°58′10″S 018°35′50″E / 33.96944°S 18.59722°E / -33.96944; 18.59722Coordinates: 33°58′10″S 018°35′50″E / 33.96944°S 18.59722°E / -33.96944; 18.59722
Websitewww.acsa.co.za
Map
CPT is located in Cape Town
CPT
CPT
Location within the Cape Town metropolitan area
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
01/193,20110,502Asphalt
16/341,7015,581Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers8,505,563
Aircraft movements91,486
Airport capacity14.5 million p.a.
Economic & social impacts$1.2 billion & 48 thousand[1]
Source: Passenger Statistics,[2] Aircraft Movements[3]
 
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Cape Town International Airport
CTIA-CentralTerminal.jpg
Cape Town International's new central terminal building and public-transit plaza
IATA: CPTICAO: FACT
WMO: 68816
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorAirports Company South Africa
ServesCape Town
LocationCape Town, South Africa
Hub for
Elevation AMSL46 m / 151 ft
Coordinates33°58′10″S 018°35′50″E / 33.96944°S 18.59722°E / -33.96944; 18.59722Coordinates: 33°58′10″S 018°35′50″E / 33.96944°S 18.59722°E / -33.96944; 18.59722
Websitewww.acsa.co.za
Map
CPT is located in Cape Town
CPT
CPT
Location within the Cape Town metropolitan area
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
01/193,20110,502Asphalt
16/341,7015,581Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers8,505,563
Aircraft movements91,486
Airport capacity14.5 million p.a.
Economic & social impacts$1.2 billion & 48 thousand[1]
Source: Passenger Statistics,[2] Aircraft Movements[3]

Cape Town International Airport (IATA: CPTICAO: FACT) is the primary airport serving the city of Cape Town, and is the second busiest airport in South Africa and third busiest in Africa. Located approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the city centre, the airport was opened in 1954 to replace Cape Town's previous airport, Wingfield Aerodrome. Cape Town International Airport is the only airport in the Cape Town metropolitan area that offers scheduled passenger services. The airport has domestic and international terminals, linked by a common central terminal.

The airport has direct flights from South Africa's other two main urban areas, Johannesburg and Durban, as well as flights to smaller centres in South Africa. Internationally, it has direct flights to several destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe. The air route between Cape Town and Johannesburg was the world's ninth busiest air route in 2011 with an estimated 4.5 million passengers.[4]

History[edit]

Cape Town International Airport was opened in 1954, a year after Jan Smuts Airport (now OR Tambo International Airport) on the Witwatersrand opened. The airport replaced Cape Town's previous airport, Wingfield Aerodrome. Originally called D.F. Malan Airport after the then South African prime minister, it initially offered two international flights: a direct flight to Britain and a second flight to Britain via Johannesburg.[5]

With the fall of apartheid in the early 1990s, ownership of the airport was transferred from the state to the newly formed Airports Company South Africa,[6] and the airport was renamed to the politically neutral Cape Town International Airport.[7] The first years of the twenty-first century saw tremendous growth at the airport; from handling 6.2 million passengers per annum in 2004–05, the airport peaked at 8.4 million passengers per annum in 2007–08 before falling back to 7.8 million in 2008–09.[2]

In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Cape Town International Airport was extensively expanded and renovated. The main focus was the development of a Central Terminal Building at a cost of R1.6 billion,[8] which linked the formerly separate domestic and international terminals and provided a common check-in area.[9] The departures level of the Central Terminal opened in November 2009, with the entire building opened in April 2010.[8]

Future development[edit]

Apart from completion of the 2010 expansion project, it has been proposed that a second runway for large aircraft be constructed at Cape Town International Airport. An expected date for construction of the second runway has yet to be determined.[10]

Terminal information[edit]

Late night in new central departures terminal.

The terminal building has a split-level design, with departures located in the upper floors and arrivals in the lower floors; an elevated roadway system provides vehicular access to both departures and arrivals levels.[9] All check-in takes place within the Central Terminal Building, which contains 120 check-in desks and 20 self-service kiosks.[9] Passengers then pass through a consolidated security screening area before dividing, with international passengers heading north towards the international terminal (which contains immigration facilities), and domestic passengers heading south towards the domestic terminal.

The terminal contains 10 air bridges, evenly split between domestic and international usage. Sections of lower levels of the domestic and international terminals are used for transporting passengers via bus to and from remotely parked aircraft.[9]

Arriving passengers collect luggage in the old sections of their respective terminals, before proceeding through new passageways to the new Central Terminal Building.[8] The terminal contains an automated baggage handling system, capable of handling 30,000 bags per hour.[9]

Retail outlets are located on the lower (arrivals) level of the terminal at landside, as well as airside at the departure gates. Retail outlets are diverse, including foreign exchange services, bookstores, clothing retailers, grocery stores, souvenir outlets and duty-free in international departures. Restaurants within the terminal building are located on the upper (3rd) level above the departures level, which includes what is purported to be the largest Spur restaurant on the African continent, at 1,080 m2 (11,600 sq ft).[9] The restaurant level overlooks the airside of the terminal, where a glass curtain wall separates the patrons from the planes 3 storeys below.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate scheduled flights to Cape Town International Airport:

All international cities served nonstop from Cape Town (as of November 2013)
Regional and domestic flights from Cape Town International Airport.
Airport and Table Mountain as viewed from the runway upon take-off.
AirlinesDestinationsType
Air BotswanaGaborone, MaunInternational
Air FranceSeasonal: Paris-Charles de GaulleInternational
Air MauritiusMauritiusInternational
Air NamibiaWindhoekInternational
AirlinkGeorge, Kimberley, Nelspruit, Skukuza,[11] UpingtonDomestic
British AirwaysLondon-HeathrowInternational
British Airways
operated by Comair
Durban, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Port ElizabethDomestic
CondorSeasonal:FrankfurtInternational
Edelweiss AirSeasonal: ZürichInternational
EmiratesDubai-InternationalInternational
KLMAmsterdamInternational
Kulula.comDurban, Johannesburg-Lanseria, Johannesburg-OR TamboDomestic
LufthansaSeasonal: MunichInternational
MangoBloemfontein, Durban, Johannesburg-Lanseria, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Port ElizabethDomestic
Qatar AirwaysDohaInternational
Singapore AirlinesJohannesburg-OR Tambo, SingaporeInternational
South African AirwaysJohannesburg-OR TamboDomestic
South African ExpressBloemfontein, Durban, East London, George,[12] Hoedspruit, Port Elizabeth, Walvis Bay,Domestic /
International
TAAG Angola AirlinesLuandaInternational
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul-AtatürkInternational
Virgin AtlanticSeasonal: London-HeathrowInternational

Other facilities[edit]

The only hotel located within the airport precinct is the budget Road Lodge, owned by the City Lodge hotel chain group. An ExecuJet facility is located near the southern end of the main runway, and caters for business jets.

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Cape Town International Airport recorded 7.8 million passengers in 2008–2009, down from 8.4 million passengers the year before. Of those passengers, 1.4 million were international and 6.3 million domestic, with the remainder being classified as "regional" or "unscheduled". 95,643 aircraft traffic movements were recorded; the majority being domestic services. The statistics firmly entrench Cape Town International Airport as being the second busiest airport in South Africa, behind OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and ahead of King Shaka International Airport in Durban.[13]

Annual passenger traffic for Cape Town International Airport[2]
YearInternationalRegionalDomesticUnscheduledTotal
Passenger movements % ChangePassenger movements % ChangePassenger movements % ChangePassenger movements % ChangePassenger movements % Change
2004–051,176,958no data126,837no data4,895,048no data16,060no data6,214,903no data
2005–061,167,661Decrease0.8%149,489Increase17.9%5,503,690Increase12.4%13,333Decrease17.0%6,834,173Increase10.0%
2006–071,246,016Increase6.7%147,885Decrease1.1%6,107,405Increase11.0%17,237Increase29.3%7,518,543Increase10.0%
2007–081,309,822Increase5.1%145,858Decrease1.4%6,950,061Increase13.8%20,877Increase21.1%8,426,618Increase12.1%
2008–091,378,160Increase5.2%138,000Decrease5.4%6,283,132Decrease9.6%13,878Decrease33.5%7,813,170Decrease7.3%
2009–101,284,990Decrease6.8%122,584Decrease11.2%6,391,079Increase1.7%11,416Decrease17.7%7,810,069Decrease0.0%
2010–111,261,024Decrease1.9%122,609Increase0.0%6,781,143Increase6.1%35,771Increase213.3%8,200,547Increase5.0%
2011–121,400,487Increase11.1%133,280Increase8.7%7,028,669Increase3.7%13,902Decrease-61.1.%8,576,338Increase4.6%
2012–131,325,481Decrease5.4%144,148Increase8.2%6,951,577Decrease1.1%13,593Decrease2.2%8,434,799Decrease1.7%
Annual aircraft movements for Cape Town International Airport[3]
YearInternationalRegionalDomesticUnscheduledTotal
Aircraft movements % ChangeAircraft movements % ChangeAircraft movements % ChangeAircraft movements % ChangeAircraft movements % Change
2004–054,355no data4,242no data56,810no data27,154no data92,561no data
2005–064,296Decrease1.4%4,169Decrease1.7%58,099Increase2.3%22,326Decrease17.8%88,890Decrease4.0%
2006–074,623Increase7.6%3,698Decrease11.3%60,470Increase4.1%22,602Increase1.2%91,393Increase2.8%
2007–085,019Increase8.6%3,420Decrease7.5%69,819Increase15.5%24,027Increase6.3%102,285Increase11.9%
2008–095,638Increase12.3%3,340Decrease2.3%65,623Decrease6.0%21,042Decrease12.4%95,643Decrease6.5%
2009–104,884Decrease13.4%3,296Decrease1.3%65,020Decrease0.9%19,379Decrease7.9%92,579Decrease3.2%
2010–114,868Decrease0.3%3,137Decrease4.8%66,587Increase2.4%19,031Decrease1.8%93,623Increase1.1%

Access[edit]

Car[edit]

The general parking area, with Table Mountain in the background.

Cape Town International Airport is approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the city centre and is accessible from the N2 freeway, with Airport Approach Road providing a direct link between the N2 (at exit 16) and the airport. The airport can also be indirectly accessed from the R300 freeway via the M12, M10 and M22.

The airport provides approximately 1,424 parking bays in the general parking area, and 1,748 parking bays in the multi-storey parkade located near the domestic terminal.[14] A new parkade, which is located near the international terminal, and provides an additional 4,000 bays, was opened in 2010.[15] The airport also offers a valet parking service.[14]

Public transport[edit]

The MyCiTi bus rapid transit system provides a shuttle service connecting the airport with the Civic Centre bus station in the city centre. Buses depart every 20 minutes from 04:20 to 22:00.[16] Transport to and from the airport is also provided by metered taxis and various private shuttle companies.[7]

Cape Town Airport Taxi Cab

Rail link[edit]

There is no direct rail access to Cape Town International Airport. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has proposed a 4 km (2.5 mi) rail link between the airport and Cape Town's existing suburban rail network.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Aeronautical information[edit]

One of the aircraft aprons at Cape Town International Airport.

The following is an example of information required by aircrew to operate at this airport. Such information is usually found on approach plates and is also disseminated by means of NOTAMs (NOtices To AirMen) and other publications. All information is sourced from the South African Civil Aviation Authority.[21]

Navigational aids[edit]

TypeIdentificationFrequency
NDBCB462.5
VOR/DMECTV115.7
ILS LOC RWY 01CTI110.3
ILS LOC RWY 19KNI109.1

Communication[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Galería[edit]


See also[edit]


References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "ACSA – Cape Town Passenger Statistics". Airports Company South Africa. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "ACSA – Cape Town Aircraft Statistics". Airports Company South Africa. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  4. ^ The Economist, Online (14 May 2012). "Top Flights". The Economist. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Bickford-Smith, Vivian; E. Van Heyningen; Nigel Worden (1999). Cape Town in the twentieth century: an illustrated social history. Cape Town: New Africa Books. p. 120. ISBN 978-0-86486-384-3. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "ACSA – History". Airports Company South Africa. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Cape Town Airport (CPT) Information – Airports Guide to Cape Town". airports-guides.com. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c Nicholson, Zara (8 November 2009). "New terminal hailed as a success". Sunday Argus (IOL). Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "ACSA – New Developments". Airports Company South Africa. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Cape Town airport may get second runway". IOL. 25 January 2002. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  11. ^ http://www.flyairlink.com/news/skukuza_flight_schedule_now_available_for_bookings
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "ACSA – Statistics". Airports Company South Africa. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "ACSA – Cape Town – Maps and parking". Airports Company South Africa. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  15. ^ "More parking comes online at Cape Town International Airport". Airports Company South Africa. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  16. ^ "Last 'Free Friday' for MyCiti inner city loop…for a while". City of Cape Town. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  17. ^ Byrom, James (1993). Fields of Air. Ashanti Publishing. ISBN 1874800545. 
  18. ^ "Accident Details – June 5, 1983". planecrashinfo.com. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  19. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident 05-JUN-1983 Cessna 402 ZS-KVG". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  20. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737–230 ZS-OEZ Cape Town International Airport (CPT)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  21. ^ "CAA Website". South African Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  22. ^ "World Airport Awards 2009 – Regional Results". Skytrax. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  23. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport in Africa" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012

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