The proposed realignment of the runway at the Cape Town International Airport is a step closer to becoming a reality. The project has received the necessary environmental approval.
Deon Cloete, General Manager, Cape Town International Airport says a key milestone has been reached with authorisation being granted for the new runway.
We essentially move it 200 meters to the east and then rotate at 11 and a half degrees. In doing we then are able to optimise the use of the precinct and as well as get maximum benefit out of the runway itself.— Deon Cloete, General Manager, Cape Town International Airport
The specialist studies we've embarked upon have also helped us better understand how we best create a solution with the surrounding communities in mind. Typically airports and noise go hand in hand and the conflict that has with residential areas is significant.— Deon Cloete, General Manager, Cape Town International Airport
Cloete says the upsides of the project is highlighting the opportunity and ability to prove the development is a good technical solution and that it has been done in a manner that is responsible environmentally and socially.
Some of the issues they faced were primarily around noise but with the realigned runway they are now able to handle 45 flights per hour and reduce the noise impact on the ground.
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