Airports Company South Africa
It’s been ten years since Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) opened King Shaka International Airport 35km north of Durban on 1 May 2010. It was just weeks before the FIFA Soccer World Cup kicked off in our country and thousands of passengers were set to travel to Durban to attend matches and explore South Africa
A Blueprint For Aviation Success
It’s been ten years since Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) opened King Shaka International Airport 35km north of Durban on 1 May 2010. It was just weeks before the FIFA Soccer World Cup kicked off in our country and thousands of passengers were set to travel to Durban to attend matches and explore South Africa.
A decade later, it’s clear the airport has not only grown in size and stature but has proven a catalyst for economic growth in KwaZulu-Natal and an integral feature of the province’s economic and social fabric.
ACSA’s vision is to become the most sought-after partner in the world for the provision of sustainable airport management solutions. The pillars that will ensure ACSA’s sustainability into the future is very clear; Run Airports, Develop Airports and Grow Our Footprint. The ACSA strategy is underpinned by that decisions and actions taken will be based on its impact on people and society; to remain environmentally sustainable and to focus its business to continue contributing to the economic growth of South Africa.
Despite the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, this award-winning facility remains focused on ensuring our facilities and operations deliver what our customers and passengers expect and more. In preserving King Shaka International Airport’s relative high connectivity, this has enabled acting as a supporting pillar to the province, through business continuity of critical operations such as air cargo during the national lockdown, with cargo operations minimally impacted compared to passenger operations.
The airport provides a blueprint for modern airport success. This facility has a 3,7km long runway to accommodate new generation aircraft, boasts its own aviation fuel farm and even has a water treatment plant. The airport was the first greenfield project undertaken by ACSA using its build-manage-operate model. Consequently, a unique opportunity to conceptualise and design a state-of-the-art airport to meet the demands of modern aircraft and their passengers was presented.
This accomplishment has been recognised over the past decade in the number of international accolades the airport has earned. These include:
• The Airports Council International’s Best Airport Award 2019 and Safety Award 2019
• Skytrax Best Airport Staff in Africa for three consecutive years
• KZN Top Business Award 2019 for the Transport, Storage and Communication category
• 1st Runner Up – Aviation Sustainability and Environment – Civil Aviation Industry Awards
• 1st Runner Up – Aviation Safety Award – Civil Aviation Industry Awards and Annual global Punctuality League 2020 – 9th position in our airport’s category
These accolades have favourably contributed to well positioning our destination to the array of international flights over the years. Even as we face the uncertainty in the global aviation industry, we remain positive and continue to service our airport users and stakeholders to the best of our ability.
Co-operation with the Dube TradePort situated within the airport precinct has allowed for collaboration and willingness between the strategic partners in the City of Durban. This has enabled us to give businesses direct access to international markets, and the seamless manufacturing, assembly, packaging and distribution of products. Consequently, hundreds of local businesses have been kickstarted and opportunities have opened for them within the province and beyond.
The airport has also provided stimulus for socioeconomic reform through the airport recognising the critical need of addressing the shortage of water and sanitation facilities before the re-opening of schools post the nationwide lockdown. The completion of these two school projects within the province came at the same time as the Department of Basic Education was on a campaign to upgrade infrastructure in public schools to ensure the safety of the learners and teachers.
As we look back on a decade of phenomenal growth and achievements, we’re constantly looking at how we can improve the travelling experience for passengers. We have to adapt to the new normal, while ensuring that we’re contributing to the local and regional economy.
As we celebrate this important 10-year milestone, King Shaka International Airport stands ready to respond to the challenges that lie ahead, ready to grow into the next decade, and beyond.
Full Name of Company: Airports Company South Africa Limited (ACSA)
Nature of Business: The acquisition, establishment, development, provision, maintenance, management, operation and control of any airport, or part or service thereof.
Date Established: 1993
No. of Employees: 3196
Subsidiaries: OR Tambo International, Cape Town International, King Shaka International, Bram Fischer International, George, East London, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth International, Upington International.
Footprint: ACSA formed part of a consortium that took over the expansion and management of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India. ACSA, in partnership with the Brazilian company Invepar, manages the development, maintenance and operations of Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo, Brazil
B-BBEE Status: Level 2
CEO: Ms Nompumelelo (Mpumi) Z. Mpofu
COO: Ms Fundi Sithebe
General Manager: Mr Terence Delomoney
Assistant GM Airport Services: Mr Nkosinathi Myataza
Assistant GM Client and Passenger Services:
Ms Azwifaneli “Fani” Mphaphuli
Senior Manager Corporate Affairs: Mr Colin Naidoo
Acting Senior Manager Finance: Mr Lutando Madliwa
Airports Company South Africa Head Office
Physical Address: 24 Johnson Road, The Maples Office Park, Bedfordview, Johannesburg
Postal Address: P.O. Box 75480, Gardenview, 2047
Tel: +27 (0)11 723 1400
King Shaka International Airport
Postal Address: P.O. Box 57701, King Shaka International Airport, 4407
Tel: +27 (0)32 436 6000