New Lanseria runway opens

Cape Town - Lanseria International has started operating a new 3 000m runway, allowing the airport to push for broader regional and international flight route operators - ultimately giving passengers more choice.

The development and extension of the airport was completed at a cost R150-million and means the airport is now able to accommodate larger and passenger cargo aircraft.

Currently only kulula operate domestically to Cape Town and Durban, while Mango operated a flight route to Cape Town from the privately owned airport, north-west of Johannesburg, which is often used as a less-busy alternative to OR Tambo International.

Despite its limited domestic schedule, Lanseria is South Africa's fourth busiest airport and is well-known for its large charter and private base, with 85% of all charters to and from South Africa operating out of the airport.

Future plans include a new instrument landing system, to be commissioned in the first quarter of next year and a new generation global navigation satellite system.