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Question about King Mswati III International Airport

Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:51 pm

Hey guys,

Going through the news lately I came to realize that HRH King Mswati III of Eswatini had a R2.7Bn hangar built for his private A343 (that already costed R700M) in King Mswati III International Airport. I wanted to check on Google, but I cannot see anything close to a hangar that could accommodate such a jet.

That's when I realized something weird. It's like there are two different aprons. One on the south, the other up north. The northern one looks to be where the only flight linking Eswatini to Jo'burg is coming.

What is the otherone for?

Thanks if you can help me out.

cheers
 
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Re: Question about King Mswati III International Airport

Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:16 pm

Would the third area in the middle be an old passenger terminal under redevelopment? There appears to be construction going on there. The northern location looks to be a new Passenger terminal and the southern one looks to be a new terminal of smaller scale. Perhaps a corporate or government terminal?
 
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Re: Question about King Mswati III International Airport

Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:56 pm

Flaps wrote:
Would the third area in the middle be an old passenger terminal under redevelopment? There appears to be construction going on there. The northern location looks to be a new Passenger terminal and the southern one looks to be a new terminal of smaller scale. Perhaps a corporate or government terminal?


The airport is brand new and is replacing the previous airport that was closer to the city center. So it can't be an old terminal. You are right that it might be a VVIP terminal, but considering the fact that the airport only handles a single flight to Johannesburg, I find it doubtful...
 
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Re: Question about King Mswati III International Airport

Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:15 pm

The southern one looks like a textbook VIP terminal. Probably complete with some nice fountains, a big open marble covered hall and some artsy lounges with sofas and waitresses waiting to pounce on you with offers for free drinks and snacks.

Area in the middle looks like the fire station.
 
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Re: Question about King Mswati III International Airport

Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:36 pm

Looks like royal flights are handled out of the old matsapha international airport. If you are looking for a hanger for the A343 it would probably be there.

http://www.swacaa.co.sz/airports/matsapha/index.php
 
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Re: Question about King Mswati III International Airport

Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:41 pm

Can confirm that the J'burg flight definitely goes in to the northern apron. I flew in to the airport soon after it opened. Have some pics, I'll see if I can find them.

Don't know about other areas.
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Re: Question about King Mswati III International Airport

Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:41 pm

There are some photos here about what seems to be the southern terminal and apron, VVIP terminal as suggested earlier:

https://www.stefanuttistocks.com/projec ... rettyPhoto

Such a fascinating airport. Still no clue about the A343 hangar though.
 
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Re: Question about King Mswati III International Airport

Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:37 pm

SR380 wrote:
Hey guys,
That's when I realized something weird. It's like there are two different aprons. One on the south, the other up north. The northern one looks to be where the only flight linking Eswatini to Jo'burg is coming.

What is the otherone for?

Thanks if you can help me out.

cheers


Hope this helps, the southern apron is the VIP apron.

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Re: Question about King Mswati III International Airport

Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:55 pm

For those who don’t know, the country was formerly known as Swaziland. First I heard of this new name, but I only go to Africa every few years.

Name change to Eswatini was 2018.
 
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Re: Question about King Mswati III International Airport

Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:56 am

DLPMMM wrote:
For those who don’t know, the country was formerly known as Swaziland. First I heard of this new name, but I only go to Africa every few years.

Name change to Eswatini was 2018.


Wow, I wasn't aware either, and I try to keep up with Southern Africa.
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Re: Question about King Mswati III International Airport

Wed Apr 08, 2020 6:28 am

Maybe the hangar has been built in the old airport but Google earth is not up to date yet.

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