New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work
NOTE: TOTAL DEMAND IN 2008 BETWEEN DURBAN AND INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS WAS APPROXIMATELY 630,000 PASSENGERS (IATA-MIDT)
The current Durban International Airport will be de-commissioned in early 2010 when the new international airport at the green field site of La Mercy comes on stream in time for the FIFA World Cup.
Daily service: South Africa and KZ-N province’s largest trade partner; largest concentration of UK expats in South Africa live in KZ-N; family, cultural and historic links; demand on Durban – UK route in 2008 was 135,000 passengers; non-stop service utilising B777-200 load factor forecast 85%; stimulation growth will be 5%.
Daily service: second largest trade partner after UK; large German industrial investment presence in KZ-N; socio-cultural and historical links; demand on Durban – Germany route in 2008 was 109,000 passengers; non-stop service utilising A340-300 load factor forecasted 79%; stimulation growth will be 7.5%.
Daily service: sizeable trade and tourism links with KZ-N province; transit hub to Asian sub-continent; China; Japan and Australia; demand on Durban – Singapore route in 2008 was 79,000 passengers; non-stop service utilising B777-300er load factor forecasted at 89%; stimulation growth will be 7.5%.
Three times weekly: South Africa’s fastest growing trade is with China; significant trade via Hong Kong; convenient hub into China; Japan and Australia; demand on Durban-Hong Kong route in 2008 was 40,000 passengers; non-stop service utilising A340-300 load factor forecasted at 65%; stimulated growth will be 10%.
Three times a week: South Africa’s strategic trading partner (India-Brazil-South Africa trade agreement); largest population of Indian descent outside of India resides in KZ-N province; major family, historical, socio-cultural and religious links; demand on Durban-Mumbai route in 2008 was 45,000 passengers; non-stop service utilising A340-200 load factor forecast 87%; stimulated growth will be 10%.
Durban, 'the city where the fun never sets!' Great new infrastructure includes the Moses Mabhida Stadium which opens in October in preparation for next year’s FIFA World Cup.
Other major reasons to serve this airport
The airport is only 45 minutes from the city centre of Durban
All tourist attractions are situated within 50kms of the airport
Links Port City of Durban (30mins) with Richards Bay to the North (60mins)
In the heart of the Northern Development Corridor along the coast.
Jeta-1 between 3-5% cheaper than in Johannesburg
30kms from busiest sea-port in southern hemisphere
Temperate climate: comfortable summers (ave:27-32*) and warm winters (ave: 12-24*)
Open slots for international carriers
Durban is major convention centre and sports destination
2010 FIFA World Cup centre hosting group, quarter-final and semi-finals
Airport base for official 2010 World Cup carrier
Latest innovation in airport and passenger terminal design with minimal congestion
Marketing and other support
The airport serves as a catalyst for economic development in the region
The airport is positioned as a gateway for inter-continental trade and business
Economic Project of the Provincial Government of KZ-N
The focus of the Province's tourism growth strategy
Serves as the hub for the region's Agriproduce and perishables export platform.
All round warm climate for year round tourism – no seasonality problems
Largest domestic tourism destination
Extensive coastline offering warm beaches
World heritage Drakensberg mountain range and St.Lucia wetlands park
Umfolozi and Hluhluwe game reserves with big 5
Historical British/Zulu battlefield sites
Land of King Shaka king of the Zulu nation
Durban is a cosmopolitan city with diverse cultures and culinary habits
Open and convenient slots for both scheduled and charter services
Airport capacity unlimited with masterplan to 45mppa
Sea-level operation: no load restrictions
Aviation fuel cheaper at coast between 3-5%
No flow congestion on landside; terminal or airside
Efficient and free flow road access into airport at two points
Major base city for 2010 FIFA World Cup: group; quarter-finals and semi-finals
Base for 2010 World Cup official carrier
Province contributes 17% to GDP
Durban is the third most populous city in South Africa with a metro population of 3.5 million while the entire KwaZulu-Natal population is 10 million.
Durban vibrant cosmopolitan people of 3.5m
KZ-N province population 10m
Land area 92,100 sq kms
17% contribution to GDP
GDP per head US$4668.00
Extensive road and rail network serving hinterland connecting to major industrial centres
Durban harbour largest and busiest sea-port in the southern hemisphere 2 million teus
Richards Bay largest bulk and resources port in Africa
Automotive manufacturing base: 5th largest Toyota plant outside Japan
Africa head office for Unilever
Durban is a major convention and sports centre
Extensive game parks, mountain ranges and wetlands
High profile air freight exports include premium-quality South African fruit.
Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors
KZ-N province strong industrial and manufacturing base
60,000 tonnes of air freight exports produced in KZ-N province
Large multi-nationals export via Johannesburg airport owing to lack of freight capacity out of Durban.
Airfreight focused on automotive components, electronics, perishables, textiles and chemicals e.g. Toyota; UEC; Unilever; Aunda
Contributes to 17% of GDP
Robust economic growth
Automotive components to Nagoya, Japan
Leather seats for BMW to Munich, Germany
Electronic components to Europe, Middle East, India and Australia
Speciality chemicals by Unilever to Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia
Machinery and general cargo to Europe, India and Australasia
Flowers, processed foods and other perishables to Europe and Far East
Clothing/textiles to and from Europe, India, China and Middle East
Cargo terminal based on innovative design; fully mechanical and systems driven, opening capacity 100,000 tons with one million tons ultimate capacity
Improved market access with new airport runway of 3,700m at sea-level
Lowered logistics cost and reduced delivery times
Reduced inventory costs with increased security of consignments
45 min and 30kms to the city centre
Infrastructure & Operations
Runways (R24 and R06: 3,700m):
Slot Coordinated: Yes
Operating hours: 05:00 to 22:00
Terminals (Domestic/International: arrivals and departures):
Min. connect time: 45min
Other relevant Infrastructure & Operations details: Cargo Terminal (digitised and mechanical ETV with capacity of 100,000 tonnes); Trade Zone (export platform for manufacturing; assembling; value adding; finishing and packaging of products)
Capacity to handle 8mppa with ultimate capacity of 45mppa with 2 runways at sea-level.
Important infrastructure developments and/or other news
Commercial Support Zone
Air Cargo Village
Passenger numbers: 7.5mppa upon commissioning in 2010
Freight: Projected 40,000 tonnes
Largest carrier: SAA
Other relevant vital statistics: airport at sea-level; CAT II ILS; 95% VFR conditions; airport precinct 2,100ha; masterplanned for 2nd runway in 2035; ultimate capacity 45mppa