BRAM FISCHER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Bram Fischer International Airport, the third largest of ACSA's national airports, is an important gateway to the Free State, a land-locked province. The airport, on the Thaba Nchu road, is a mere eight kilometres from the city centre.
The airport handles about 25,000 air-traffic movements a year, which brings about 400,000 passengers, the majority of whom are business travelers, through its doors. But the airport does not just wave tens of thousands of people off on their journeys every year, it does a brisk business in cargo too. It also has excellent safety, security and air-traffic control facilities.
Bram Fischer International Airport has two runways, the main runway being 2.5km long and 46m wide.
PORT ELIZABETH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The airport currently handles more than one million passengers per year and over 800 tons of cargo, including flowers, frozen lobster, meat, ostrich skins and mushrooms.
The growth of tourism in the region, along with preparations for the 2010 football world cup, have required a number of improvements including a terminal expansion which can now handle up to two million passengers every year. This facility provides a central retail area as well as a fully compliant international arrivals and departures terminal to complement upgraded amenities for domestic traffic.
UPINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The airport has three runways, the primary one measuring 4,900 metres (the longest civilian runway in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the few able to land a space shuttle). Both South African Airways and the South African Air Force use the airport to train pilots in the handling of large aircraft such as 747s, 707s and the South African presidential jet.
The airport also does a brisk business in cargo, sending anything from livestock to cars and mining equipment to Europe, the Middle East and the rest of Africa. Not to mention grapes, about one million tons of which are flown from Upington every year.
EAST LONDON AIRPORT
Between 20 and 30 flights land at East London Airport each day with 346,000 people welcomed each year. The airport is also a crucial link in the cargo chain, playing an important role in the growing economy of the Eastern Cape. Planes carrying a variety of cargo head for domestic destinations as well as countries such as France and Holland.
Although the two domestic airlines that operate from the airport (South African Airways and SA Express) only employ A320s, the airport can accommodate A300 aircraft.
The town of George lies halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth on South Africa’s ever-popular Garden Route. With more and more visitors travelling to the region's mountains, beaches and forests, George airport now handles over 600,000 passengers each year. The increasing popularity of the area as a tourist destination is expected to boost traffic even further.
But the airport does not only play a central role in the region's tourist economy. It is also a national distribution hub for cargo such as flowers, fish, oysters, herbs and ferns.
George Airport's steady growth, coupled with an unwavering commitment to service and efficiency, has won it the South African Airport of the Year award six times.
The airport, the site of about 15,500 air-traffic movements a year, handles about 132,000 passengers, about three-quarters of whom are business travellers.
Kimberley Airport, however, also dispatches a remarkable range of cargo: everything from game trophies to industrial equipment. The airport lies about six kilometres south of Kimberley.