Green light for Cape Town runway project

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Cape Town International Airport has received final approval from South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs for the construction of the airport’s new realigned runway.

This project is a R3.8 billion ($318m) investment into the economy of Cape Town and the Western Cape.

The airport will realign the primary runway and construct parallel and rapid exit taxiways.

The realigned primary runway will be 3,500m in length and will be built to international specifications. The new runway and associated infrastructure will facilitate greater air access into Cape Town and the Western Cape and will enable growth of passenger and cargo traffic.

The developments will improve access for larger aircraft with a wingspan of 65m or more, such as the Airbus A380.

If all processes, such as detailed design, are concluded timeously, construction of the runway will start in 2019.