Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) (IATA: CPT, ICAO: FACT) is an airport in Cape Town, South Africa. It is a hub for South African Airways.
Cape Town International is the second-largest airport in South Africa, after OR Tambo International Airport, third-largest in Africa and a major gateway
for tourist traffic. Until the mid-1990s the airport was named DF Malan Airport after Prime Minister Daniel François Malan.
Cape Town airport has five terminals:
- International Arrivals
- International Departures
- Domestic Arrivals
- Domestic Departures on South African Airways
- Domestic Departures on other airlines
The terminals are arranged in a line along a single road, and are within easy walking distance of each other. Only the international terminal currently
provides airside contact stands connected with air bridges. The airport is rapidly undergoing changes due to rapid tourism and business traveller
growth and in preparation for the FIFA 2010 World Cup.
Cape Town airpor handled 7,932,000 passengers per annum up to October 2007, showing a massive increase of 13.6% over 2006 figures. Cape Town International
maintains its status as Africa's 3rd busiest airport and has overtaken San Antonio International Airport in the world rankings.
CTIA is currently undergoing major renovations at a total cost of R1.3 billion to accommodate the expected 14-million passengers by 2015. The
new International Terminal has already been completed with the first of two new multi-storey car parkades already operational adjacent to the Domestic
Terminal, the second commenced construction in April 2007 and will be located opposite the International Terminal and will provide an additional
2,500 parking bays.
The single landside road access will be reconfigured to provide a two-level roadway, with the lower-level for arrivals and upper-level for departures.
This will increase capacity at the airport and completely alter the face of the airport. Construction has already begun and is scheduled for
completion by 2009.
The domestic terminals are receiving a complete face-lift in conjunction with a new central terminal building at a cost of R900 million, linking
the international and domestic terminals. The domestic terminal will be extensively upgraded and expanded, with the central terminal accommodating
both additional international and domestic arrivals and departures. Complementing additional capacity, additional glass air-bridges will be added
at airside to facilitate direct access from arrivals and departures to the aircraft.
It has also been announced recently by the civil aviation authority, that Cape Town International will serve as the 2010 World Cup western air hub,
serving additional air traffic that may occur from the Americas.