kulula questions airport readiness for 2010

George and Durban of most concern

Jo'burg, 28 April 2010 - kulula.com today raised concerns around the readiness of South African airports for the 2010 World Cup. The most immediate worry is the George Airport, where repair work on the runway has still not commenced, more than four months after problems with the runway were first identified.

According to Noel Skinner, head of airports for kulula: "Thousands of our George travellers have been affected by the disruptions due to the limited capability of the current runway in wet weather conditions. We've received negligible communication on the issue and with more winter weather on the way, the necessary repairs will be further delayed, costing kulula millions of rands due to diverted and disrupted flights."

Night flights into King Shaka limited
The airline was also recently notified that night-time operations at the new Durban Airport, King Shaka International (KSIA) - due to open this Saturday - will be limited as air traffic controllers have not been fully trained. As a result, kulula will have to cancel several of its late-night flights into the new airport.

"Our flight schedules were approved months ago and thousands of our customers have already booked these flights, which will now have to be cancelled," commented Noel Skinner, head of airports for kulula. "With just over a month to go to the World Cup we are very concerned about the ability of our airports to deliver and meet the expectations of those hoping to enjoy football matches around the country."