This will be for both the airport itself and the land surrounding it. It is also in addition to the upgrades that have previously being planned for the airports restroom facilities. Recent years have seen the passenger count at the airport dropping but numbers still stand at over a million people making use of it every year. Located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, it is affectionately known as the “10 minute airport” due to the drive time to get from the airport to many of the city’s major spots including the city centre.
News of these upgrades and developments were shared by the Airports Company South Africa at the Nelson Mandela Bay Chamber Centre. It was the first event of the year hosted by the organization. The news comes amid concerns that the country is entering into a very challenging year, economy wise and that steps must be taken to counter this. These new plans for the Port Elizabeth Airport will set into motion a creative collaboration to break this bad economic cycle, increase the airports revenue and create jobs for the local community.
An appeal was made for the business community to band together to help strengthen the economy of the country. The airport manager for the Port Elizabeth Airport, Greg Small, spoke on the airports plans to expand its revenue stream to rely not only on aeronautical income but to diversify into a non-aeronautical revenue stream as well. The first major boost to the airport will be retail tenders which will open up shortly. Currently, there is a very limited number of shops and restaurants at the Port Elizabeth Airport and this would rectify that problem and open up more shopping and food choices for passengers and visitors to the airport.
The second would be making use of the land surrounding the Port Elizabeth Airport as part of the non-aeronautical income plan. The land is intended to be developed into commercial and industrial manufacturing and to be leased out on a long term basis. A potential solar farm is also on the cards to be established at the Port Elizabeth Airport. The Port Elizabeth Airport is already in line to have solar panels installed, as part of an investment by the Airports Company South Africa to some of the smaller regional airports.
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Published on: 2016-05-09