Aiming at becoming a regional aviation hub, Lanseria International Airport in South Africa has embarked on an ambitious project to increase the capacity of its facilities. This includes the new Control Tower Complex.Lanseria International Airport aims to become the regional airport of choice, catering for the SADC and Sub-Saharan African region. It aims to increase passenger numbers to over four million per annum by 2023. These upgrades and expansion are instrumental to this growth.
Recently, Lanseria International Airport unveiled a new Control Tower complex that offers the capacity required for this international aviation hub to meet increased passenger and aircraft traffic demand. The Control Tower complex accommodates Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), South African Weather Services (SAWS) and Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS). The position of the complex is ideally located to improve visibility of the runway and surrounding airfields, as well as accessibility for emergency response.
“The massive investment in improving and extending transport infrastructure at Lanseria International Airport is consistent with the 25-Year Integrated Transport Master Plan (ITMP25) of the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport. Lanseria should position itself as a significant City Airport, with extended services and scheduled flights to key destinations and cities in sub-Saharan Africa,” adds Gauteng MEC of Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi.
To meet some of the demands for the region, expansion plans for the airport include the construction of the three level Multi-Storey Parkade currently underway, as well as the expansion of the terminal building and upgrades to the airport’s fuel farms and technical facilities.In the coming years, R10+ billion of private sector funding will be injected into the establishment of the new Airport City in Lanseria, reveals Gauteng Premier, David Makhura. “We are investing massively in improving access and the movement of people, goods and services into and out of the West Rand region.“The new economy of this area will be anchored specifically on the development of new economic nodes around the Lanseria Airport. The Gautrain will reach the Lanseria Airport to connect all our major cities in Gauteng.”