Bloemfontein is today a dynamic city with fine academic institutions, modern conference facilities and established industries. Its position near the geographical centre of South Africa means that the country's main transport routes pass through the city, contributing to its economy. Bram Fischer International Airport is located approximately 8km from the Bloemfontein CBD and is therefore well connected to the arterials of the N8, N6 and N1. The airport is centrally located linking the three urban areas in the Mangaung Local Municipality (Bloemfontein, Thaba Nchu and Botshabelo) with Maseru in nearby Lesotho and Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province.
Bram Fischer International Airport is a busy gateway. The airport has capacity to handle 600 000 passengers per annum. It also handles substantial volumes of cargo.
The runways are shared by Bloemspruit Air Force Base, whose activities contribute to the economic activity and sustainability of the area.
Bram Fischer International Airport is located approximately 8km from the Bloemfontein CBD and is therefore well connected to the arterials of the N8, N6 and N1. The airport is centrally located linking the three urban areas in the Mangaung Local Municipality (Bloemfontein, Thaba Nchu and Botshabelo) with Maseru in nearby Lesotho and Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province.
The N8 corridor development between the city centre and the airport has been identified in the Mangaung Spatial Development Framework as a significant growth corridor for the city and where public and private investment will be directed. The airport has been identified as one of the primary development nodes along this corridor.
Airports Company South Africa has enabled and fully and partially serviced the Bram Fischer Airport Boulevard measuring approximately 32Ha. Full development rights have been achieved for 5 Ha of the 32 Ha. The balance of the area enabled is awaiting EIA approval with the basket of rights application already submitted to the local authority for approval. The site is envisaged to accommodate a range of commercial mixed use development, with the development of a private hospital concluded and underway. The Boulevard Precinct is the first phased envisaged to be developed over a period of 10 years to 2022. The second phase of the development area measures approximately 98 Ha; this will be enabled post completion of the development on the Boulevard Precinct.
The sites are secured, well connected to the regional road network and are ideal locations for freight, logistics and distribution related activities.
The airport will also be undertaking the development of a 3MW Solar PV installation over an area measuring approximate 6Ha. The project will form part of the sustainability and economic development aspect of the business. The installation will allow for the resale of electricity into the commercial grid.
With all this, it is hardly surprising that properties in the airport precinct make excellent investment opportunities. Key advantages of the sites, similar to those of the larger Airports Company South Africa, include:
Proximity to road and rail transport, and major commercial areas. The CBD is a quick 10km away, ideal for deliveries and business travel;
Immediate access to the airport itself, allowing executives to fly in and do business immediately. The sites are equally well positioned for tenants using air cargo services;
Property flexibility. Airports Company South Africa customises its developments to tenants' requirements, maximising the ultimate investment returns.
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