2000 planes daily during world cup

11/01/2010 at 09:55 6 comments

No less than 2000 air crafts will be flying daily across South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup that will take place later this year. A lot? Yes, it is. But let’s not forget that the South African authorities are expecting half a million people to flock to South Africa to attend one or two world cup matches. The problem is carbon emissions. Some environmental experts claim that the 2010 world cup in South Africa will have one of the highest carbon footprints in the history of the world cup.

In the meantime, the authorities are discussing a strategy to deal with the increasing air traffic.  Transport Department official Sam Monareng has said in the Sunday Argus newspaper that there would be a “three-hub” strategy, with specific airlines flying into either Cape Town, Durban, or OR Tambo International. Flights from the USA and South America to South Africa will generally land in Cape Town International Airport, flights from Europe are expected to land in OR Tambo in Johannesburg and flights from Asia in Durban.  “This will only affect additional flights and will not affect existing services at these airports,” Monareng said.

“The strategy seeks to ease potential pressure on OR Tambo. Airlines will be encouraged – not forced – to operate these additional services, according to the three-hub strategy. Airlines offering services to South Africa will continue to do so during the World Cup and may increase flights according to air-services agreements. We expect that there will also be a high volume of charter flights.”

The Argus reported that detailed operational plans are being developed, which involve the various role players such as Civil Aviation at the Department of Transport, the Airports Company SA, Air Traffic and Navigation Services, and SA Civil Aviation Authorities. The department says discussions are also under way with the SA Air Force to use some of its air bases for aircraft parking, should the need for this arise.

OR Tambo International in Johannesburg will be the South AFrican airport with the largest capacity, as it can handle   60 aircraft movements an hour. Obviously, OR Tambo will be the busiest airport, as Johannesburg and Pretoria will host most matches – including the opening match and the final.

Source: Saturday Argus

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