THE Port Elizabeth International Airport has put plans in place to expand and accommodate 17 million passengers per annum, which will ensure economic growth for the Bay.
The airport currently consists of two cross-runways, west and east of the airport, of which the main runway is used on a daily basis for local and international flights.
The secondary runway is only used 1% of the year, normally around September and later in the year until March.
The airport has plans to install an additional parallel runway near Happy Valley, which will be the front path for this runway.
â€œOnce that has been realised, the airport will be able to have a total capacity of 17 million passengers per annum,â€? said acting manager of the Port Elizabeth International Airport, Anthony Groom.
According to Groom, the airport plans to acquire land north of Allister Miller Drive for further expansion to ensure the realisation of the project.
The planning is well underway and meetings were held with the city to acquire the additional land by 2020 for the expansion.
â€œWe have had a meeting with the Department of Human Settlements and told them that we have plans to pick up this project again.
â€œThey will assist us in the submission to acquire the additional land,â€? Groom added.
Since its upgrade into an international airport in 2004, a master plan has been initiated to attract more traffic into the country.
â€œWe are also known as the â€˜10-minute airportâ€™ because we are 10 minutes away from the