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Aviation services provider Nordic Aviation Service (NAS) will, in conjunction with the South African Consortium, establish and operate a new regional airport in Vryheid, north of KwaZulu-Natal.
NAS comprises Future Airport Solutions and Norway-based firm Campus Kjeller, while the South African Consortium comprises air charter solutions provider Adajet, flight maintenance company Fastjet and engineering and project management company Delca Systems, which operate in a public–pri- vate partnership with the Abaqulusi municipality and the Othaka Tribal Authority.
The new airport will be situated 10 km from the existing airport, which will be closed down as soon as the new facility is complete.
“The current airport’s capacity is no longer sufficient to meet the growing aviation demands and potential in South Africa, as the runways are too short, there is no tower and the surrounding buildings halt new developments,” says Vryheid regional airport project coordinator Stanley Kubheka.
Funding for this project, the cost of which is undisclosed, will be provided by development finance institution the Nordic Development Fund and local funders like the National Empowerment Fund, the Development Bank of Southern Africa and the Industrial Development Corporation.