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La Mercy Airport, Durban, South Africa.  
User currently offlineSepulTALLICA From Niger, joined Sep 2009, 222 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4137 times:

I was just screwing around on the ACSA website trying to find some updates and info on the new 'King Shaka International Airport' for Durban in South Africa seeing as WC2010 is just around the corner, when i came across these shots. Seems like its coming along quite nicely.



Seems quite spiffy in my opinion - they have apparently started the final tests, so hopefully all will go well and it will open on schedule.

More info at the ACSA website.


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User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4118 times:

The shape reminds me of the terminal at Oslo Gardermoen.
Surprised to see that big a terminal. Is Durban a busy airport with that many airlines to warrant so many gates ?


User currently offlineSepulTALLICA From Niger, joined Sep 2009, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4092 times:

Well according to the PDF info file from the site:

'...Approximately 850 ha of the 2060 ha site reserved for this. To be built, operated, managed, owned and funded by ACSA. First phase to be completed by 2010 will have the capacity to handle 7,5 mil passengers and 70 000 ATM’s which is expected to realise by 2015...'

&

'• 7,5 million passengers per annum
• Ultimate capacity 45 million passengers 2060'




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User currently offlineNYC2TLV From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4023 times:

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 1):
Surprised to see that big a terminal. Is Durban a busy airport with that many airlines to warrant so many gates ?

Not right now, but demand is growing. EK is set to operate flights to the new international airport and I am sure that SA has thought about starting flights from DUR to DEL or BOM to ensure their market share to India.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4012 times:

People reading this thread might like to read what DUR's management would like route-wise.

http://www.therouteshop.com/dubetrade-airport/



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User currently offlineimag From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3995 times:

Don't EK already fly to Durban International daily now?

How many widebody parking bays are there? Looking at the diagrams, it looks like 2. I heard 4 somewhere before. Is Durban still the main alternative for JNB? I think that Cape Town is the alternative for the A380.

A direct Europe to Durban flight would be great and probably cheaper than flying through JHB (he hopes).


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3967 times:

Quoting imag (Reply 5):
Don't EK already fly to Durban International daily now?

Yes, by the 332.

Quoting imag (Reply 5):
JHB

JNB.



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User currently offlineSpeedbird128 From Pitcairn Islands, joined Oct 2003, 1648 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3900 times:

The tower looks retardedly far from the runway (must have been ATNS input there)... And the ramp will surely not be all visible... Given a new airport design i have to wonder...


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User currently offline9252fly From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3841 times:

Quoting Speedbird128 (Reply 7):
The tower looks retardedly far from the runway

Could they be considering long-term plans,such as an additional runway,etc,? Otherwise,I do like what I see. What will happen to the current airport in Durban?


User currently offlineSepulTALLICA From Niger, joined Sep 2009, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3825 times:

Quoting 9252fly (Reply 8):
Could they be considering long-term plans,such as an additional runway,etc,? Otherwise,I do like what I see. What will happen to the current airport in Durban?

The current airport in Durban is in a very lucrative industrial area, so once La Mercy is up and running, they'll most likely do a Kai-Tak on the joint and turn it into factories, office blocks etc.

According to ACSA, all flights handled by Durban International Airport will(should) terminate on April 30, 2010 and will move to King Shaka International Airport overnight, with KSIA handling its first flight on May 1, 2010.

The wikipedia entry for KSIA is pretty interesting too.



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User currently offlineandz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3807 times:
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Check out the website: http://www.dubetradeport.co.za/index.aspx

Just for interest, my dad is a civil engineer and was working on the earthworks for this airport in the 70s.... it's been a long time coming.



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User currently offlineicna05e From France, joined Feb 2006, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3805 times:

It looks huge!!! good to think forward. Seems like great improvement over the current airport. I'm all for taking airports, and especially the RWY axis, out of the densely populates areas. If the ground transportation is well thought, and in this case there is a railway running just near the airport into the city center. Any plans for commuter rail there?

User currently offlineSpeedbird128 From Pitcairn Islands, joined Oct 2003, 1648 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3642 times:

Quoting 9252fly (Reply 8):
Could they be considering long-term plans,such as an additional runway,etc

Perhaps. But seeing this airport has been 30 years in the making, I don't ever personally see a 2nd runway there. When I was at JNB, the traffic volumes didn't require a 3rd, so there is no way in the next 20 to 40 years the new durbs airport will need a new runway.

And in any event, as an (experienced) ATC, I would have gone with a tower in the middle of the terminal, a-la DXB etc, where if they built a new runway the other side of the terminal, you'd be able to see it, as well as all the ramp traffic...

Oh well. I am sure somebody somewhere thought it was a good idea where it was placed. In my opinion, a wasted opportunity to give ATC birds's eye view.



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User currently offlineflyibaby From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1017 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3588 times:

I personally think that it is a horrible position to put the airport. You have to pay the tolls if traveling from the north to La Mercy, and the only part of Durban it is close to is Durban North, near the Gateway Shopping Center. Surely they could have built this airport, even 10-15kms closer to Durban than it actually is.

Quoting SepulTALLICA (Reply 9):
The current airport in Durban is in a very lucrative industrial area, so once La Mercy is up and running, they'll most likely do a Kai-Tak on the joint and turn it into factories, office blocks etc

Or..the governemnt will allow squatters to live their in their shacks like they do everywhere else.


User currently offlineandz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3559 times:
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Quoting flyibaby (Reply 13):
I personally think that it is a horrible position to put the airport. You have to pay the tolls if traveling from the north to La Mercy, and the only part of Durban it is close to is Durban North, near the Gateway Shopping Center. Surely they could have built this airport, even 10-15kms closer to Durban than it actually is.

You obviously know the area, so you must know the terrain. You tell me where you could have built an airport closer to Durban, in any direction from the city. I'm sure the people living north have bigger worries than the toll fees, they are going to experience the joys of aircraft overhead that those in the south have known for many years now.



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User currently offlineSepulTALLICA From Niger, joined Sep 2009, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3485 times:

Quoting flyibaby (Reply 13):
Or..the governemnt will allow squatters to live their in their shacks like they do everywhere else.

Yeah good one!   

 



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (4 years 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3474 times:

Some more pictures, including test flights, here:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1039187

signol



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3232 times:
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I recently received a very interesting booklet on the airport development.

Quoting 9252fly (Reply 8):
Quoting Speedbird128 (Reply 7):
The tower looks retardedly far from the runway

Could they be considering long-term plans,such as an additional runway,etc,?

From the booklet: Provision is made for a second runway, parallel to the existing one and with the air traffic control tower between the two.

A comparison between the old and new airports (old in parentheses)
Runway length: (2,4 km) 3,7 km
Aircraft parking bays: (23) 34
Air bridges: (None) 16
Annual passenger capacity: (4 400 000) 7 500 000
Check-in counters: (52) 72
Common-use self-service kiosks: (4) 18
Passenger terminal building floor area: (30 000m2) 102 000m2
Retail space: (2 900m2) 6 500m2
Retail outlets: (23) 52
Public parking bays: (2 490) 6 500



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