New Cape Town airport terminal opened


The Airports Company SA (ACSA) has opened a new R1.6 billion terminal at Cape Town International Airport.

ACSA spokeswoman Diedre Hendricks says the new five-floor building combines check-in facilities for both international and domestic passengers.

There are 120 check-in counters, 20 self service check-in machines and a consolidated security screening point.

“Over the past few months the airport team has worked hard to ensure a smooth transition from the old terminal to the new one,” said Hendricks, adding that the transition had been possible with the co-operation and team work of all stakeholders.

The road network to the airport is currently undergoing an upgrade and is expected to be completed by March next year.

The Sunday Argus reports the work took five years to complete. For now only the departures section of the terminal is operational. The arrivals hall is still in the old part of the airport.

The redeveloped arrivals hall will open in March.

Passsengers seem impressed: Shirley Sheddon, who was flying to Durban yesterday, said: “There wasn’t enough signage outside and I felt a bit unnerved.

“But the check-in was superb. The cleanliness is fantastic and there was a lot of personnel around to help. The facilities are impressive.”

Christian Cruz from Mexico said: “The service is good, it looks clean and everything is working.”

The ground level has shops and a transport plaza where passengers can catch a taxi or bus. This will be connected to the City of Cape Town’s integrated rapid transit network.

The check-in counters are on the second level and there are restaurants on the mezzanine level.

Visitors can watch planes take off and land from a viewing deck.