O.R. Tambo International Airport has for the third consecutive year been named African Airport of the Year at the Air Cargo Africa conference and exhibition in Gauteng. This comes as a result of the airport’s efforts to boost cargo traffic and enhance its status as the leading airfreight hub in Africa.
The conference was attended by 80 international exhibiting companies, more than 500 global industry decision-makers and over 3 000 trade visitors from more than 60 countries, including 30 African nations.
“We decided two years ago that we need to focus more on the needs of our stakeholders in order for us to deliver the best infrastructure required for the total air cargo value chain,” said General Manager Bongiwe Pityi. “We are especially pleased that our attention to providing real-time support to cargo stakeholders is beginning to make meaningful contributions to the growth and sustainability of the sector which is currently under considerable economic pressure,” she added.
To ease congestion and reduce in-transit times, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) will in the short term reconfigure and upgrade the access and frontage roads around the cargo buildings at O.R. Tambo International. In the medium to long term, plans for a midfield cargo terminal with a master development plan for the entire airport precinct are underway.
Pityi say careful consideration is required for the master development plan that will see a potential lifespan of 30 to 40 years.