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Published on : Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The airport first opened its doors to commercial aircraft in the early 1990’s and again in 2010 but that only lasted three months. This time around, management is confident that the project will be a success.
The airport will offer three daily flights between Pretoria and Cape Town with domestic carrier SA Airlink operating the flights. The three flights will operate between 6 am and 10 pm in the evening. More than two million passengers are expected to make use of Wonderboom Airport.
“Approximately 40 per cent of your users using Oliver Tambo (the country’s main international airport near Johannesburg and Pretoria), mostly domestic flight users, are staying within a radius of 25 kilometres around Wonderboom and if you start to calculate that in terms of figures there is a potential 2.3 million passengers who can make use of this service,” says Hendrik Kleynhans, the Operations Team project leader of Wonderboom Airport.
Along with residents of the Tshawane Metropolitan Municipality of northern Gauteng Proince, nearby towns such as Rustenburg, Bela-Bela and Polokwane are also expected to benefit from the re-opening of the airport to commercial services.
The city hopes re-opening the Airport for commercial use will boost local tourism. “We are encouraging local businesses to upgrade their guest houses, lodges and BnBs because we are hoping this will generate a lot of income for the local community,” says City Of Tshwane official Selby Bokaba.