QUESTION NO 1931
Mr S B Farrow (DA) asked the Minister of Transport:
(1) How many (a) aircrafts landed at the King Shaka International Airport during the 24 hour period on 7 July 2010, (b) of the aircrafts filed official flight plans prior to their arrival, (c) of these specified aircrafts had been allocated slots prior to their arrival and (d) of those that had been allocated slots were turned back due to lack of parking;
(2) what were the (a) registration numbers, (b) countries/airports of departure and (c) names of the passengers of each aircraft;
(3) who made the decision regarding (a) which aircrafts would be authorised to land without slots allocated prior to their arrival, (b) which aircrafts are to be turned away and (c) on what basis was each of these decisions made?
The Minister of Transport:
(1) (a) 238 aircraft arrivals were recorded for the 24-hour period on the 07th July
2010 at King Shaka International Airport.
(b) All of the aircraft filed official flight plans prior to their arrival at King Shaka International Airport, in compliance with regulatory requirements.
(c) During the 2010 World Cup event, all aircraft were required to have approved slots prior to departure from and/or arrival at all slot-coordinated airports. All aircraft applied for and were allocated slots prior to their arrival at King Shaka International Airport.
(d) Five aircraft turned back to their point of origin, but later returned to King Shaka International Airport. The aircraft were late for the soccer match, but returned within the 24-hour window.
(2) (a) The complete aircraft registration list of the 238 aircraft that arrived at King
Shaka International Airport on 07 July 2010 is enclosed. (See RNW1931A-101103)
(b) Of the 238 arrivals, there were 10 international and 228 domestic arrivals and the originating stations are as follows:
International: 1 x Madagascar; 1 x Bangkok; 1 x Harare; 3 x Maputo; 1 x Dubai; 1 x Accra; and 2 x Madrid.
Domestic: 98 x Cape Town; 62 x Johannesburg; 2 x Bloemfontein; 25 x Durban (re-positioning aircraft); 5 x East London; 25 x Lanseria (Johannesburg); 2 x Nelspruit; 1 x Pietermaritzburg; and 8 x Port Elizabeth.
(c) Passenger manifests (passenger name lists) are the official documents held
by the aircraft operators and not the airport operator. These records are therefore, unfortunately, not available.
(3) (a) All landing and departures are controlled and managed by air traffic control in
conjunction with the airport operator.
(b) Air traffic control and the airport operator issued an advisory of the situation
and the aircraft operators had to decide on a point of action based on the information supplied at the time.
(c) Aircraft inbound to King Shaka International Airport were managed on a tactical basis on the day. This included delays, weather conditions on route, aircraft performance, et cetera.