Thursday, 12 March 2020 08:48 AM
With a history that dates back to the 1970s, Lanseria has emerged from humble beginnings as a grassy airstrip to an airport which boasts top-class facilities, lounge spaces and an upgraded terminal building with new, innovative technologies. From its 1.7km-long runway to the celebrities, business people and government delegations who land on it, there are loads of interesting facts to be known about the little airport that does big things.
Popular flight routes
In February 2006, Lanseria Airport opened its runway to local scheduled domestic airline operators, with kulula.com the first to set up operations, offering daily flights between Jo'burg and Cape Town. Today, almost 13 000 people travel between Jo'burg and Cape Town every day, making the Lanseria-Cape Town route the fifth busiest flight path in the country – busy stuff for one of the “smaller” international accredited airports in South Africa. Also, out of the approximate 7 900 passengers making their way between Jo'burg and Durbs daily, 3 400 of them make use of Lanseria international airport.
Where and when
With up to a dozen departures and arrivals each day, split between the Mother City and Durbs, seven go to Cape Town, while the remaining five travel to South Africa’s east-coast capital, Durbs. The airport is at its busiest during school and public holidays. But during most times of the year, peak periods are usually between 06h00 and 09h00; 12h00 and 14h00; 16h00 and 20h00. Lanseria has also invested in various upgrades allowing it to accommodate new modern aircraft fleet like the popular Boeing 737-800 and the larger 757-300, seating up to 300 passengers.
The evolution of Lanseria
The airport caters to 2.4. million passengers per annum. In 2012, it was sold to a consortium constantly investing in its development to meet growing travel demand. Since the recent construction of a multistory car park in 2019, Lanseria’s exciting masterplans include an R1-billion to R1.5-billion investment toward additional boarding gates, check-in counters, a new baggage handling system and security checkpoints. This will further enhance your premier, world-class airport experience.
Unexpected celebrity hotspot
Lanseria has a long history with celebrities, VIPs and sportspeople. In 1990, Nelson Mandela took some of his first steps in Gauteng as a free man disembarking a plane here. In the decades that have followed, celebrities like Beyonce, Jay-Z, Drake and Lady Gaga have all used Lanseria International Airport, while in 2010, the airport was assigned to be one of six major airports during the FIFA World Cup and was responsible for an impressive 2 230 flights. The airport offers custom-made services, that caters to the privacy of each individual such as a personalized concierge service. Its clever design means that personnel can disembark aircraft and make a quick transition from plane to car in just a matter of minutes. Close to the Magaliesburg, it’s also a great opportunity to experience a bit of bush before hitting the big-city bustle.