SA’s private airports


Small, privately-owned airports are becoming more popular due to their convenience, easy accessibility and no fuss factor. Charter flying is the way to spread your wings, a non-scheduled means of flying to a destination. This means that you get to choose the aircraft that suits your needs, depart at the time that you want, and land at the airport closest to your final destination. Be it for pleasure, business or freight, it is an efficient and hassle-free way of flying. If you think about the cost per hour that an employee is to the company and all the time wasted sitting in hotels, airports and traffic because the normal scheduled flight does not fit into your schedule then you come to the realization that corporate charter is a very viable, advantageous way of travelling.

 Virginia Airport Glenashley Durban

Today, Virginia airport – or as it is affectionately known in South Africa as HMS Virginia due to its short runway and closeness to the ocean – is a busy training airport and the base of a number of charter companies. Due its closeness to the beach, landing and taking off from Virginia is always a thrill. For those flying in by light aircraft or charter, Virginia Airport is on Glenashley’s doorstep. It is therefore the perfect retreat for business executives visiting the many multinational corporate and professional firms that have located north of Durban. There is a restaurant and a bar at the airport. There are car rentals which are not based at the airport – Avis and Imperial – but they do, however, meet you at the airport on arrival.ovements a year, handles

Rand Airport Germiston

The Rand Airport was constructed in the 1930s and is set in an area of natural beauty. It is close to the Germiston Lake and the Germiston Golf Course and is only minutes away from the Johannesburg City Centre, the Johannesburg Northern and Southern Suburbs. It is also at the centre of the Witwatersrand. Rand Airport offers great opportunities for development because of itsprime position in the centre of the country’s industrial heartland and the government’s growth zone. Exciting new projects to develop are currently being mooted. At Rand Airport the existing facilities could easily be combined with future projects offering office space, an industrial park, shopping and hotel facilities due to the large amount of available land belonging to the airport and the airport’s prime position. Exceptional opportunities are available. It has the potential to become the complete integrated Airport Park. Car hire facilities include Avis, Imperial, Budget Rent a Car. There is secure parking and a restaurant and bar on the flight line with live music on weekends.

Polokwane International Airport Polokwane

Polokwane International Airport serves Polokwane, a city in the South African province of Limpopo. It was formerly known as Pietersburg International Airport, as the city itself was called Pietersburg until 2005. Founded on the site of an old Air Force Base in 1996, Polokwane International handles around five-thousand aircraft a year, and just under forty-thousand passengers. Although it does handle international flights, these are generally cargo aircraft transporting goods and industrial materials. The airport’s commercial passenger flights are domestic only, serving the route between Polokwane and Johannesburg. These flights are operated by South African Airways in conjunction with Airlink, as part of their alliance aimed at connecting smaller South African towns and cities to the major transport hubs of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Car facilities include Avis, Budget and Europcar.

Eastgate Airport Hoedspruit

Just outside Hoedspruit, in the eastern reaches of South Africa’s Limpopo Province lies the Eastgate Airport, your gateway to the heartland of the country’s abundant wildlife in private game reserves, the worldfamous Kruger National Park, and the towns of Tzaneen and Phalaborwa. The airport was earmarked for the NASA shuttle landing in the 1980s. Being a CAT 5/7 airport, Eastgate can accommodate any sized aircraft from an Antonov 124, to an Airbus, to a Papa Charlie. Eastgate Airport services over 70 luxury accommodation providers from 10-88 bed guest lodges, as well as an expanding range of wildlife housing estates in the area. Eastgate Airport services daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg and connecting flights from Cape Town, operated by SAA’s regional and domestic carriers, South African Express Airways. In addition to these scheduled flights, Eastgate Airport is ideally suited to the handling of private charter flights. Car hire and transfers are available.

Kruger Mpumalanga Airport Mpumalanga

The airport was constructed in an African theme. The terminal building is under thatch, which covers an area of 7350m². The unique aesthetics and decor of the building blend in with the surrounding bushveld, which has become a favourite landmark among passengers and visitors. There are many car rental companies: Dollar Thrifty Car Rental, Europcar, Hertz Car Rental (Pty) Limited, First Car Rental, Budget, Avis Rent-A-Car and Tempest Sixt. Airlines include Airlink Airlines, British Airways (Comair Limited). New airlines are showing an increasing interest to fly to KMIA , while existing airlines are looking at expanding their present schedules to accommodate passenger demands. KMIA is the international gateway to Mpumalanga with direct access to the world-renowned Kruger National Park and world famous private game lodges in the greater Kruger. The airport offers many services and amenities including Imali Express Forex (Bureau de Change), Wimpy Restaurant and Mooneys Bar and the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.

Lanseria Johannesburg

Lanseria International Airport offers a host of charter services as well as both domestic and international flights from recognized airways. It is close to the business hub of Sandton and is less than 50 km from the major centres of Johannesburg and Pretoria. From their VIP lounges to their excellent safety record, just one stopover at Lanseria International Airport is all it takes to see why they are the businessman’s airport of first choice. Car Hire is available from reputable car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Hertz and Europcar. The Wiesenhof Restaurant serves delicious food. Lanseria International Airport is well versed to handle the most particular VIP. The airport has all the requirements to ensure the safe, speedy and successful handling of VIPs due to its tenant mix, well-trained staff complement and internationally recognized security arrangements. Lanseria International Airport also has a number of executive lounges located in its domestic and international departure areas. Wings ‘n Things stocks items such as sunglasses, watches, and batteries, as well as novelty items. The Big 5 is the Duty Free shop where you can purchase world-class items.

Wonderboom National Airport Pretoria

The Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria offers chartered flights for tour operators (game safaris, promotions, etc) and aircraft and helicopter maintenance. It offers aircraft and helicopter sales and aircraft and helicopter refurbishing. There are outlets for aviation accessories, a pilot shop, pilot training and instruction. There is parachute training and parachuting, a restaurant and bar facilities. Car hire is available.