Cape Town International Airport - Airport Planning

Cape Town International Airport - Airport Planning

Cape Town International Airport Aerial Photograph


Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

Start Year



+/- 1300 ha


Cape Town

The Project Challenge

The challenges at Cape Town International Airport include:
  • The concept of a living masterplan for airside related activities that requires continuous updating against international trends in world travel and airports becoming cities within cities.
  • The response of the non-aviation land side property development programme in respect of changing international air travel trends and the land uses that are attracted to airports as a result.
  • The approach to integrated aviation and non-aviation land side planning and design and how we begin to deal with the environmental and other impacts of the airport on the surrounding urban systems.
  • The acquisition and management of property required for nonaviation related commercial development as well as securing land for future aviation related expansion such as runways and associated infrastructure.


The Package of Plans approach remains the most appropriate method of dealing with the scale of the airport and the varied requirements of air side and land side from a design and procedural planning point of view. The Package of Plans approach allows the Airports Company to continue with the delivery of services on a day to day basis but at the same time follow due procedure to pursue its more strategic property development programme on land earmarked for non-aviation purposes on a precinct by precinct basis. Using this approach NM & Associates has prepared a development framework, precinct plans and SDPs in addition to multiple rezoning, consent use, departure, and subdivision and consolidation applications.


NM & Associates have been responsible for the planning applications associated to Precincts 1, 2, 3 & 5. This has resulted in extensive development which has taken place at CTIA through ACSA’s commercial property development programme. Of the 650ha that was earmarked for land side planning in 1996, approximately 46 ha (in Precincts 1, 2 & 5) have been developed for car rental, hotel, office, service station, cargo, logistics, distribution and other general industrial opportunities that require to be located close to air transport and/or benefit directly from being accessible to road and rail networks in Cape Town. A further 29ha of land with development rights for offices, hotel, conference facility and light industrial uses is available.
In addition to the landside developments NM & Associates have been involved in the acquisition of land for the proposed realigned main runway and future second runway and acquiring development rights for the realigned runway. The existing runway is to be realigned and a second runway planned towards the eastern side of the airport to accommodate growth in passenger numbers from 8 million in 2010 to about 24 million beyond 2021. This involves ongoing improvements to the terminal buildings and airfield to continue to service increased air traffic movements and passengers. Improvements to the road and services infrastructure require careful coordination to service growth in both airside and land side development. To date ACSA has spent over R1,6 billion on improvements to the terminal buildings. Multiple Rezoning, Consent Use, Subdivision and Consolidation applications have been made to enable the proposed realigned runway.
NM & Associates also provided specialist town planning input to the CTIA Masterplan in order to guide airport development in the short term up to the ultimate development of the airport.