Milestones in our history
 
 
​Airports Company South Africa’s history has seen a number of key events over the years that have helped to shape the progressive, award-winning company we know today. Here are just a few of those key milestones:
  • 1993 - Airports Company South Africa is formed as a public company

 

  • 1998 - Airports Company South Africa is partially privatised when a 25,4 percent shareholding is sold to private sector shareholders. The transaction values Airports Company South Africa at around R4 billion

 

  • 2003 - Airports Company South Africa’s Cape Town International Airport celebrates the official opening of its new R120-million international departures terminal

 

  • 2005 - Airports Company South Africa’s 20 percent foreign shareholding is sold to the Public Investment Corporation, a local asset management company

 

  • 2006 - Airports Company South Africa and a consortium comprising the Indian company GVK and South African listed company Bidvest, win a concession to manage Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India

 

  • 2007 - Airports Company South Africa signs a R6,8 billion contract with the Ilembe Consortium to design and construct a new airport at La Mercy, north of Durban

 

  • 2007 - Airports Company South Africa upgrades George Airport through an investment of R43 million

 

  • 2009 - Airports Company South Africa’s Cape Town International Airport opens its new central terminal building

 

  • 2009 - Airports Company South Africa announces the opening of the R500 million multi-storey parking facility at O.R. Tambo International Airport

 

  • 2010 - Airports Company South Africa’s O.R. Tambo International Airport welcomes the world’s largest civil passenger aircraft, Air France-KLM’s A380.

 

  • 2010 - Airports Company South Africa celebrates the opening of King Shaka International Airport in Durban

 

  • 2010 - Airports Company South Africa officially opens the new central terminal building at O.R. Tambo International Airport.

 

  • 2010 - Airports Company South Africa contributes significantly to the successful delivery of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, handling thousands of international and domestic fans through its airport network

 

  • 2011 - Airports Company South Africa records the highest number of passengers processed to date at just under 30,8 million.

 

  • 2011 - Airports Company South Africa welcomes the largest Boeing 747-8 Freighter jet aircraft at O.R. Tambo International Airport: its first landing in Africa.

 

  • 2011 - Airports Company South Africa’s O.R. Tambo International Airport welcomes Lufthansa as it names one of its A380s ‘Johannesburg’.

 

  • 2011 - Airports Company South Africa’s King Shaka International Airport welcomes thousands of delegates, VIPs and Heads of State visiting the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban

 

  • 2012 - Airports Company South Africa signs a landmark 20-year concession agreement in Brazil to manage Guarulhos International Airport

 

  • 2012 - Airports Company South Africa wins a record number of awards for its operations and facilities, including Best Airport in Africa by Airports Council International

 

  • 2012 - Airports Company South Africa wins ‘National Disability Champion Award’ at the National Disability Awards.

 

  • 2013 - Cape Town International wins the Airports Council International (ACI) ‘Best Airport in Africa’ award for the fourth successive year. King Shaka International won second place and O.R. Tambo International, fifth place

 

  • 2013 – Upington International won the ACI ‘Best Small Airport in Africa’ award for the third consecutive year

 

  • 2013 – East London Airport won the ACI ‘Best Improvement in Africa’ award

 

  • 2013 – In the Skytrax rankings of the world’s top 100 airports, Cape Town International is placed 22nd, King Shaka International 26th and O.R. Tambo International is 28th

 

  • 2013 – In the Skytrax rankings of the world’s best airports by passenger numbers, King Shaka International is placed first in the under 5 million category and Cape Town first in the 5 to 10 million category

 

  • 2013 – O.R. Tambo International is host airport for Africa’s first holding of the Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition

 

  • 2013 – Airports Company South Africa showcases its unique international and regional connectivity at the Air Cargo Africa Exhibition

 

  • 2013 – Bongani Maseko appointed as Managing Director of Airports Company South Africa and Maureen Manyama-Matome as Finance Director

 

  • 2013 – Airports Company South Africa celebrates its 20th anniversary

 

  • 2014 – Tebogo Mekgoe is appointed the first Chief Operating Officer in the history of Airports Company South Africa

 

  • 2014 – Airports Company South Africa enters a strategic partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ghana Airports Company Limited to provide advisory and technical services on all airport-related matters

 

  • 2014 - Brazil’s long-awaited new international airport terminal – Terminal 3 – opens on 11 May 2014, thanks to the extensive involvement of Airports Company South Africa and in anticipation of the scores of passengers that will utilise Guarulhos International Airport during the 2014 FIFA World Cup