FIFA WM 2010, Topnews
06. April 2009
OR Tambo terminal building opens
OR Tambo International Airport took a step further to being ready for 2010 as the new R2.3 billion Central Terminal Building (CTB) was declared fully operational during a celebratory function held at the airport on Wednesday. The completion of the new departures level marked the end of the final phase of construction of the new CTB. With its 75 additional check-in counters, the new level will connect to the international and domestic departures check-in hall, in what is now a consolidated multi-level terminal building.
“With the completion of the CTB, passengers will be able to enjoy a fully complete multi-level terminal building that links the existing two terminals,” said the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) in a statement.
In line with existing airport flow, departures activity will be predominantly on the upper level with arrivals activity on the ground level. The mezzanines will offer retail facilities and basements will be in use for services and baggage handling.
The consolidation of the international and domestic terminals is expected to provide and overall improved experience to visitors to the airport. ACSA believes that the changes will reduce congestion, improve queue management and make it easy for the travelling public to navigate their way around the airport and within the building.
The new CTB forms part of the airports overall terminal upgrade project which is now 95% complete. Other projects that have been completed in the past two years include the international pier, the duty free mall extension and the multi-storey parking extension.
ACSA says that by the time visitors start arriving for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the airport construction will be complete.