A just completed R18 million upgrade will ensure “smooth operation in the collection and delivery of cargo” at Cape Town International Airport.
Each cargo handling company will now have its own cargo distribution area to eliminate confusion. Universal loading devices (ULDs) will be placed per company. The perimeter fencing has been upgraded to the National Key Point (NKP) type fencing. A new food kiosk has been built with its own parking area to make it easier for those who need access to do so without getting into the cargo area.
Improvements include the upgrade of access roads which have been broadened to make it easier for heavy duty vehicles to access them. Visitor and staff parking entrances have been separated and a 200 bay shaded parking facility has been built.
“Safety and security is a priority at Cape Town International, we have installed two turnstile gates at the staff parking and one gate for the visitor entrance. The aim is to have an access controlled facility to ensure safety of vehicles and valuable items which get delivered to the airport. CCTV footage has been increased to monitor movement within the cargo area,” Deborah Francis, airport acting communications manager, said.
“The airport is committed to providing world-class facilities to meet the needs of all its clients. The upgrade of the cargo area includes four wheelchair friendly delivery ramps. We focus on ensuring existing and new facilities within all Airports Company of SA (ACSA) airports meet the particular needs of disabled travellers and all airport users.”