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Full-scale emergency exercise to affect roads around PE Airport

Oct 24, 2017
Full-scale emergency exercise to affect roads around PE Airport

The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) which runs the Port Elizabeth International Airport, has advised travellers and residents that it will be conduct a safety exercise with airport and stakeholder emergency staff close to the airport site on Thursday.

According to the company, the exercises are to ensure that the airport remains compliant with international aviation safety protocols. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) recommend that member airports conduct a bi-annual full-scale emergency exercise to test the state of emergency readiness of all stakeholders that work with the airport authority.

The full-scale aircraft simulation will take place at Noordhoek Ski Boat Club and will involve emergency vehicles and personnel responding to a simulated emergency exercise.

ACSA has advised passengers, travellers and residents of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality that the exercise means that certain areas will be affected by possible disruptions to traffic caused by the emergency exercise.

Affected roads

The roads affected include Marine Drive, Admiralty Way, Strandfontein Road, La Rouche Drive intersection and Driftsands Drive as well as Walmer Boulevard.

Road users and travellers are advised to use alternative routes to avoid possible delays.