This past weekend was spent in Northern KwaZulu Natal, which meant flights from Cape Town to Durban return – easy. However quite unusually I flew into the Old Durban Airport on 29 April two days before it’s closure, and out of the New Durban King Shaka International Airport the day after its opening
It took impressive logistics to move all planes, rental cars, equipment, etc from the Old Airport which is located 15 km South of Durban to the King Shaka International Airport 35 km North of Durban in the La Mercy area. The changeover took place smoothly, and when we arrived for check-in on Sunday morning it was hard to imagine that they had only been operational for 36 hours.
Set among green rolling hills, the King Shaka is big, bright, modern, spacious and very efficiently staffed. Some interesting facts are that the new airport has a runway that is 3.7 km long, can accommodate an airbus, has 34 aircraft parking bays and an annual passenger capacity of 7.5 million. All good for Durban I am sure. I say good luck to KZN, airport management and staff as they iron out any finishing touches.
Main Entrance to King Shaka International Airport.