Mthatha Airport upgrades complete by May 2015


The Mthatha Airport upgrades are “back on track” and should be completed by May next year, the Eastern Cape Department of Transport said in a statement.

It said MEC Weziwe Tikana had led a delegation of stakeholders on a site inspection last week.

The department said that the upgrading project was now 42.5% complete adding that delays had resulted from the “recent labour unrest in the steel industry”.

Tikana said after the visit that despite the challenges that were beyond the control of the provincial government and the contractor “we are impressed by the progress and the pace of the work in order to recover the lost time”.

She added that she could say “without fear of contradiction” that the Mthatha Airport project was “now back on track”.

Former Transport MEC Thandiswa Marawu formally handed over the Mthatha Airport site to the contractors at the beginning of last year.

She said at the time that the upgrading of the airport would allow government to unlock the economic growth potential of the region and allow easier access to the Wild Coast.

The upgrading of the airport will also support efforts by the provincial government to lobby for more flights connecting additional cities.

The department has also announced that the launch of the Aloes train service will take place on October 28, with the train leaving Port Elizabeth at 10am.