Oppenheimer or not - private terminals no big deal, says aviation expert

Irrespective of one's surname or wealth, there is nothing untoward about applying for a private airport terminal, says aviation expert Karl Jensen.

Jensen advises that people regularly apply for private terminals or fixed base operations (FBO) all over the world.

Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba is taking the Oppenheimer's (South Africa's richest family) to court over an exclusive seven-star “Fireblade” airport terminal at OR Tambo International - which he says he never approved.

Jensen says he cannot argue the legalities of the case, but says that private terminals are a norm and provide additional employment opportunities.

What they are doing with the general aviation terminal at OR Tambo airport is absolutely normal operation anywhere else in the world and I sure hope that Home Affairs does come to the party.

Karl Jensen, aviation expert and former SAA pilot

He advises that the terminal would not be exclusively used by the Oppenheimer family, but would be available for those willing to pay.

The business plan sounds logical and sound. It would be a wonderful facility to uplift our aviation community.

Karl Jensen, aviation expert and former SAA pilot

Take a listen to his explanation:

Cover photograph: Fireblade Aviation

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