Upgrades : Cape Town International Airport

ACSA Airport Runway Dev Update

Updates (03/2017) :

Cape Town International Airport is headed for major upgrades, costing billions of Rands.

According to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, the capital investment programmes across the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) were designed to address refurbishment and replacement requirements of existing infrastructure and also to provide new or additional capacity. The airport upgrades include the following:

  1. A new, realigned runway and associated taxiways, costing R3,18 billion. Construction is scheduled to start in July 2017 and completed by December 2021
  2. A new domestic arrivals terminus is expected to start in March 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in April 2020
  3. Construction of terminal two, starting in March 2019, to be completed in September 2022
  4. New boarding gates and an international departure lounge will be added, costing R100 million, due to begin in March 2018 and ending in June 2019.


The Airports Company of SA (Acsa) plans to realign its main runway at the Cape Town International Airport. The realigned runway will comply with all the regular international regulations and also allow much larger commercial aircrafts such as the Airbus A380 to utilise the airport.

Yet, it raises concerns about the living conditions of the nearest residents and the noise impact on their neighbourhoods. A noise study found the impact on the project would be “very high” if unmitigated, and “high” when mitigated.

runway-plans ACSA Airport

“With predicted exceedances of noise level guidelines in residential areas up to 15km from the airport, a significant number of people may experience impacts on their quality of life. Conversely, many others (though fewer) will experience reduced noise levels,which may improve quality of life,” said the report. To mitigate the effects of noise pollution in future, environmental practitioners advise noise contours be revised every five years to account for changed policies, improved technologies, altered flight paths and schedules.

realigned-runway ACSA Airport

The R3.2 billion project will involve extending the primary runway to 3 500m in length, with parallel and rapid exit taxiways, that will allow for larger, Code F aircraft like the Airbus 380, to land.

Between 900 and 3 200 people will be newly and directly employed by Acsa in the long term.

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  1. Cape Argus