Cape Town International Airport Planning

Cape Town International Airport Planning


Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

Start Year



± 1700ha


Cape Town


The Project Challenge

This was a vast and challenging project. The brief was to focus on three key aspects:

  • The Development Framework which is focused on aviation planning to establish the best option for a second runway to accommodate long-term growth at the airport.
  • The land-side planning comprising some 650ha of land earmarked for property development to support the air-side activity of the airport.
  • The integrated aviation and land-side planning, which dealt with the overall impacts on the environment, economic development, urban development, transport and engineering infrastructure.

Principles & Approach

The team working on the project adopted a number of important principles including:

  • The need for world class facilities, comfort and ease of travel
  • A focus on passenger throughputs
  • Functionality and services
  • The creation of economic development and employment
  • Ease of movement and access to city-wide opportunities
  • Linkage to tourist and travel services and facilities

A package of plans approach was used and included extensive public participation. This approach enabled the ACSA to implement projects that were urgent and necessary to provide its core services and at the same time fit within a larger scale city framework to optimise benefits at the city-wide scale.


A second runway has been planned as part of the long-term growth of the airport to accommodate approximately 25 million passengers in 2030. This involves ongoing improvements to the terminal buildings to allow for the growth in air passenger travel and throughputs at Cape Town International Airport. At the same time, the improvements to the road and services infrastructure networks also have to be made.

As part of the ongoing land side planning, five development precincts have been identified. These form part of the commercial property development programme involving approximately 650ha of land. To date, more than R500 million has been spent on new and upgraded buildings and developments. This has resulted in consistent employment creation. Returns from these developments are being used to cross-subsidise ACSA’s core aviation function and vision to become a world-class international airport.