Warming Up for 2010

This article discusses the activities of Airports Company South Africa (ASCA) in initiating a Rand5.2 billion upgrade for South Africa's airports in anticipation of accommodating an estimated 190,000 overseas visitors expected to attend the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Soccer World Cup tournament in 2010. The program includes construction of a new international airport at La Mercy in Durban, replacing Durban International Airport (DIA). A new Central Terminal Building is planned for Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), while Cape Town International Airport is scheduled for upgrades that will also include a new centralized terminal building. Beyond constructing new airport facilities, ASCA plans to improve information technology (IT) with new flight displays, check-in systems, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) (e.g., self-service kiosks; RFID for passengers, baggage, biometrics, wireless mobile systems). Security upgrades include improvements to the security control room at JIA, where baggage make-up, passenger screening, immigration and customs, and perimeter gates are monitored. JIA is also a testing site for a new color-coded permit process (using biometric technology) to improve access control to restricted areas. Once shown to be effective, these new security upgrades are to expand to the other ASCA airports. Service standards improvements are also discussed, including ASCA efforts to improve service by involving its stakeholders (e.g., private businesses, government departments) via cooperative Service Level Agreements.


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  • Accession Number: 01045265
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 11 2007 1:38PM