Lanseria International Airport, north-west of Johannesburg, has opened a new 3 000 metre long, 45 metre wide runway.
Completed earlier this month after a year of earthworks and civil engineering at a cost of R150 million, it means the regional, privately owned airport will “remain a world class facility” according to Lanseria chief executive Gavin Sayce.
The new runway means Lanseria can now be used as both destination and departure point for larger passenger and cargo aircraft.
The new runway (07/25) has full night operations with a 24 hour apron service and advanced navigation aids including Doppler VOR, non-directional beacon (NDB) and distance measuring equipment (DME). A new instrument landing system (ILS) will be commissioned in the first quarter of next year and new generation global navigation satellite system (GNSS) approaches allow enhanced access even when terrestrial infrastructure may fail.
The new runway is not the only addition to Lanseria’s infrastructure. It will by the end of April be the first South African airport to boast the advanced-required navigation performance flight procedure (A-RNP). In this regard Sayce pointed out accolades have been received from ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) as A-RNP will allow for high access levels despite surface wind conditions.
“Lanseria is now the fourth busiest airport in South Africa and with the new runway fully operational, airport customers and pilots can enjoy the many features of Johannesburg’s alternative airport,” he said.