To end off Transport Month, Lanseria International Airport officially opened its new Control Tower complex.
The upgrades and expansion of its current facilities are said to be instrumental to this growth forecast as the airport aims to increase passenger numbers to more than four million per annum by 2023.
“We are excited to officially open our new tower complex this Transport Month. The facility is more than a building that offers additional space for the operations that it will accommodate – it represents our commitment to levelling up and expanding for the growth that we forecast for the future of Lanseria International Airport,” says Rampa Rammopo, CEO of Lanseria International Airport.
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.
To meet some of the demands for the Gauteng 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, more than R10 billion of private sector funding will be injected into the establishment of the new Airport City in Lanseria.
“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. The future is unfolding in front of us. We are building new cities in Gauteng,” said Gauteng Premier, David Makhura.