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ACSA acquires Pilanesberg.

The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) has announced the acquisition of Pilanesberg Airport, adjacent to Sun City, writes Doug Birch. A 25-year lease agreement with the North West provincial government came into effect on 1 April. Management will come under the operational control of Johannesburg International Airport (JHI).

Rory Mackey, General Manager, JHI, said: "An investment of Rand 20 million will be made to upgrade runways, taxiways and aircraft parking areas to accommodate larger aircraft such as MD80s, DC9s and B-737s."

Non-stop flights from Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth are planned. Connecting flights to the Kruger National Park are to be offered and once Pilanesberg's international status has been restored, transfers to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe would be introduced.

Last year, the airport handled 44,000 passengers, a figure that ACSA intends to boost by more than 35% within the year.

With the takeover of Pilanesberg Airport, ACSA will control 10 of South Africa's main airports.
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Publication:Airports International
Geographic Code:6SOUT
Date:May 1, 1999
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