Cape Town’s new runway a step closer to being realised


South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs has notified Cape Town International Airport that it has authorised the proposed runway realignment and associated infrastructure planned for the airport.

The process and criteria used by the department in authorising the development plans are set out in the Environmental Management Act.

The authorisation granted by the Department of Environmental Affairs includes extensions to and realignment of the runway, as well as associated infrastructure such as aircraft parking stands and taxiways.

The independent environmental consultants, SRK Consulting, are now required to inform all interested and affected parties within 12 days of the department’s decision and will also broadly advertise the Environmental Authorisation.

The regulatory process provides an opportunity for appeals so that anyone who wishes to challenge the record of decision can do so.