King Shaka Intl Airport (DUR/FADN)

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Other major reasons to serve this airport

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.

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.

  • 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.
  • Sea-level operation
  • 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


Catchment Area

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

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

High profile air freight exports include premium-quality South African fruit.

  • 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

  • Trade Zone
  • Commercial Support Zone
  • Air Cargo Village
  • Agri-processing Zone

Vital statistics

  • 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