Cape Winelands Airport Development Plan: Transforming into a Global Aviation Hub

The planned Cape Winelands Airport, just outside Durbanville, is set to undergo a transformative journey, evolving from a modest airfield to a prominent commercial and aviation center.

This blueprint articulates the airport’s ambitious vision to become a global leader in sustainability, technology, and growth, emphasizing its role as a catalyst for regional economic development and community inclusion.

Strategic Location: Situated in the iconic city of Cape Town, a renowned destination for global and local travelers, Cape Winelands Airport is poised to capitalize on unparalleled opportunities that extend beyond tourism. The strategic goal is to establish a symbiotic partnership with Cape Town, creating mutual benefits for both the city and the airport.

Aviation Sector Roles: Acknowledging the broad and complex nature of the aviation sector, Cape Winelands Airport (CWA) aims to fulfill diverse roles, addressing unique constraints and opportunities while significantly enhancing the socioeconomic landscape in the region. These roles include:

  1. Scheduled Airline Services for domestic and international passenger and cargo operations.
  2. General Aviation for domestic and international, unscheduled, and private operations.
  3. Alternate Airport for fuel planning purposes and environmental savings.
  4. Reliever Airport, adding redundancy and diversion capability for aircraft in the region.
  5. Logistics Hub catalyzing multi-modal commercial activity and stimulating economic growth.
  6. Commercial Property Developments facilitated by the above functions.

Development Plans (Subject to Regulatory Approval): The airport’s transformation encompasses the development of crucial infrastructure, including:

  1. Realigned Runway and Aircraft Parking Stands:
    • One of the existing runways will be realigned and extended to a Code 4F runway, capable of accommodating wide-body aircraft.
    • New aircraft parking stands will be integrated.
  2. New Terminal Building:
    • A boutique terminal with state-of-the-art processing facilities will be constructed, leveraging the latest technology for check-in, baggage handling, and security.
  3. Cargo Processing Facility:
    • A dedicated cargo processing facility will enhance the success of airline operations, ensuring efficient loading of aircraft.
  4. New Hangarage:
    • Additional hangars will be developed to serve General Aviation, Business Aviation, and the Airline sectors, fostering an environment for aviation growth.
  5. Fuelling Facilities:
    • Aviation fuel storage, including JetA1 and Avgas, with special spatial allocation for sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs).
    • A fuelling station at the entrance to the airport to serve both airport users and nearby individuals.
  6. Other Planned Infrastructure:
    • Hotel accommodation for passengers and flight students.
    • Heliport.
    • Warehousing and logistics facilities to support diversified business activities.

Current Progress: The airport has taken a significant step forward by submitting a Notice of Intent for Environmental Authorization, a prerequisite for the extensive development. The environmental impact assessment (EIA) process, a vital regulatory instrument in South Africa, is underway. Led by an independent environmental practitioner, the public participation process is actively involving specialists to conduct comprehensive studies, integrating social, economic, and environmental factors to ensure sustainable development.

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