Most people complain about how much hassle it is to take a car to the airport or how expensive it is to take an Uber there and back. The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) is working with the City of Cape Town to set up a park-and-ride service from Cape Town International Airport to the CBD.
The move will alleviate rush-hour traffic on the N2 highway, and will also allow more of the airport’s arcades to be used. This was revealed during a press briefing with Cape Town International Airport’s General Manager Deon Cloete.
“There are no time lines as yet, but talks are at an advanced stage,” he said.
The airport currently has five separate parkades that has space for 7 399 cars. “P1 consists of five storeys and contains 4050 parking bays, P2 lies to the south and contains 1749 parking bays; there are a total of 1600 parking bays in the shade parking, including the Long Stay parking P5,” the ACSA site reads.
Speaking at the press briefing, ACSA’s senior manager for corporate affairs Deidre Davids, said the company and the City are also working together to create formal housing for the airport’s neighbouring communities. These include areas such as Blikkiesdorp, Malawi Camp and Freedom Farm.
The City will also provide technical house-building skills in partnership with the False Bay College as part of an airport expansion program, which amounts to a R7-billion investment. These communities will also be the preferred employees of the airport.
“You might recall, we had a public process where we asked for comments,” Cloete said. “We then prepared a submission, and that submission has now been submitted to our shareholder, the Department of Transport, and we’ll await an outcome from that.”