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KSIA to celebrate its 1 year anniversary

The King Shaka International Airport is now 10 months in operation and will soon be celebrating 1 year come 1st May 2011. The airport is currently handling almost 5m passengers annually and with the current trend that has shown a 11% increase in passenger numbers in the past few months the airport is truly contributing to the economy of Durban and KZN. Even with recent decision of South Africa Airways (SAA) pulling out the Cape Town/Durban route has allowed other airline operators to take advantage of that vacuum, thus the steady passenger growth.

It has to be said that to encourage new airline operators and more direct flights to Durban is not only about building a new airport. It is a fact that aairlines make those decisions based on the manner in which a destination is marketed and the economic climate at the time. This involves various stakeholders such as ACSA, city, province, tourism, hospitality and others to make that destination a destination of choice thus making that route attractive and financially viable for an airline. ACSA will continue to work closely with the necessary stakeholders to attract more flights directly to Durban.

Achievements of KSIA

  • IRMSA AWARD – Institute of Risk Management of SA
  • ACI – 4th Place 2010/2011 – Best Airport in Middle East/Africa
  • Skytrax – 1st Place 2010/2011 – Best Regional Airport in Africa

Important Numbers

  • Main Switch Board – 032 436 6000
  • Parking Office – 032 436 6626
  • ACSA Information – 032 436 6585
  • Flight Information – 086 727 7888
  • Airport Clinic – 032 436 6509
  • Security – 032 436 6630
  • South African Police Service  – 032 436 6868

Terminal building

Structural steel
The Terminal Building required 4,900t of structural steel (half of the amount that was used to build the Eiffel tower, in Paris).

The Terminal Building consists of three levels: Ground Floor (arrivals), First floor (departures) and the Mezzanine level (airline offices) and extensive retail facilities.

Total floor area
The total size of the terminal flooring is 103,000m² 

Terminal Capacity

The initial capacity allows for 7.5 million passengers a year with opportunities for significant expansion, should it be required (figures are projected at 45 million passengers by 2060). The airport is currently handles about 5m passengers per annum.


Multi-storey parkade caters for 1500 vehicles while there is a total of 6500 vehicle parking pays at the new airport. The parking office

Road infrastructure

N2 Interchange.

The traffic, engineering and transport planning aimed to maximize accessibility and flexibility to and around the new airport.  The plans also provide sufficient flexibility to ensure that all future (2060) projected transportation modes and requirements have been considered.  The N2 interchange which forms part of the development, is currently the primary access road to the airport.  A link road between the airport and the N2 has been constructed. There is a toll plaza situated on the interchange going south.


Barn Swallows

It is the 1st time that the swallows have arrived (October) with the airport fully operational and that proved that the co-existence model of the birds and the airport is working. The radar monitoring system that was purchased and installed by ACSA has early warning alerts, observing the patterns and behavior of the swallows and has up to date data on the daily swallow movement.

It is estimated that about 3 million swallows flock to the reed bed annually between October and April from Eastern Europe. Those birds come to the same reed bed annually and are directly in the flight path of the airport.

It was also discovered during this season that the birds were not only roosting at the Victoria Lake Conservancy but at another area called Froggy Pond which is actually closer to the airport than the current reed bed. The reason for the swallows looking at other roosting areas varies from the recent weather patterns, the size of the reed bed stalks, the airport and other factors. We are currently working with the Mt Moreland community, being the 1st season with the airport in operation, to review the situation specifically the impact of the airport on the swallows after the birds have left in April.

Noise Monitoring

The other issue that is currently being reviewed together with the various communities is noise monitoring. ACSA has placed noise monitoring stations in some affected areas and the data is allowing us to look at ways and options to assist us and the communities to properly monitor aircraft noise and work through mitigation processes on this issue.
ACSA has created a hot line so that people that would like to comment and complain about aircraft noise can contact us at:

The ACSA hotline: 032 436 6758/6494 the line is manned 24hrs 7 days a week.
Fax to email: 086 585 7614 
Email address: ksia.environmental@airports.co.za

Airport Precinct Divisions


This area is outside the terminal building, in areas used by people and vehicles. It includes the roads network, with access to all areas of the airport precinct, car rental facilities, public parkades, shaded parking areas, administrative buildings and various other services and facilities.

The area is freely accessible to all users of the airport. Pedestrian and vehicle movements are guided and managed by ACSA with the support of eThekweni Metro Police.

Road Network

There is a system of roads feeding into the Airport and Dube Trade Port’s road circulation networks, with principle access off the main collector road that links the N2 and the R102. The southbound carriageway to the N2 is tolled by SANRAL. ( South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) .

Local access roads allows for ingress and egress to the staff parking, open parking, multi-storey parkade, car rental, and drop-off and pick-up areas.

Pick – up and Drop – Off Areas

The pick-up areas are situated at grade, alongside the piazza, with separate provision for private vehicles and public transport. The drop-off area is situated on the elevated roadway, outside the Departures Hall at the terminal building.

Public Transport

Public transport facilities have been provided within the precinct and cater for both tour bus and accredited metered taxi demands.

Pedestrian Circulation

Pedestrian movement within the development area is catered for through the provision of sidewalks where significant numbers of pedestrians are anticipated.

A conscious effort has been made to minimize conflict between pedestrians, buildings and vehicles through the development of a ‘pedestrian sensitive’ traffic routing plan. Where conflicts are large and unavoidable, grade separation of vehicle and pedestrian movements has been provided.


Immediate focus at the new International Airport is inevitably the terminal building, with its impressive 150-metre roof span. Considering that the new airport is almost triple the size of the old airport, it is here that the majority of the airport staff will spend their time, and it is where all passengers and the people who transport, meet and greet them, congregate.

The building incorporates the very latest design concepts to make the working environment as effective as possible and to make a passenger’s movement through the necessary processes from arrival (either from land or air) to departure (air or land) as smooth and pleasant as possible.

The terminal is clearly demarcated between those areas freely accessible to the general public, through to security checkpoints. From there, either a boarding pass or security permit is required for access.


This is the part of the airport that is completely ‘security controlled’. It is bounded by the security checkpoints in the terminal building and extends to the airfield itself. It is only accessible by a passenger with a valid boarding pass or airport staff with a relevant security permit.

This area includes the passenger holding lounges and allows access to the apron area, where aircraft are parked and serviced. Passengers with a valid boarding pass are restricted to specific areas within the general ‘airside’.

People with a valid security permit are only allowed access to those areas specified on their permit.