SIKHUPHE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Passenger Terminal and Cargo BuildingsThe passenger terminal covers approximately 7,000 m2 designed to handle and process about 300 passengers in a given busy hour. The parking area in front of the building is designed to cater for 200 cars. There are three levels to the Terminal Building namely:
- Ground Floor - Passenger Concourse/Baggage Handling
- Mezzanine - Airport Staff Offices
- Second Floor - Passenger Concourse/Arrival and Departure Lounges
Both the Terminal and Cargo Buildings are virtually complete save for the completion of some interior fittings and outside landscaping works. All the major hardware components of the IT systems for the Terminal Building which include the baggage handling system, ticketing, flight information, security and customs have been installed.
Works on the construction of the car park are ongoing and are near completion.
ICAO Critical BuildingsThese buildings, which include Air Traffic Control Tower(ATC), Fire Station, Air Traffic Systems & Navigational Aids and Fuel Farm are complete and ready for commission. The ATC Tower is approximately 50m tall with the design based on the ICAO requirement to provide a clear, unobstructed view of the approach paths, the runway and all aircraft manoeuvring areas.
The fire station is approximately 1,400m2 and incorporates a secondary control room as a backup to the ATC tower. Five fire trucks and an ambulance, already procured, will make up the emergency vehicles' response teams. The remaining works are focused on landscaping, parking areas, access roads and utility connections.
Air Traffic Systems & Navigational Aids have all been installed and are ready for operation.
Fuel farm tanks with a capacity of 1.2 million litres have been installed, tested and are ready for use. SWACAA intends outsourcing the function to a private specialised contractor.
Ancillary/Support BuildingsThe ancillary buildings comprising of the Police Control Post, Warehouse and Maintenance, In-flight Catering and Police Station are at their final stage of completion.
Runway, Taxiway & ApronThe runway is 3.6 km long, 60m wide. The design is based on Code E aircraft (i.e. Boeing 747, Boeing 777 or Airbus 340).
The concrete apron covers an area of 332m by 260m. ( 86, 320m2) The design is based on handling/parking 2 Code E aircrafts (Boeing 747, Boeing 777 and Airbus 340) and 3 Code C aircrafts (J41).
All runway and taxiway lighting is now installed and the laying of the final asphalt layer for the runway are done. Site acceptance tests for airfield ground lighting have also been conducted. The apron is now substantially complete with the apron walling, adjacent to the baggage ramps, progressing well.
Access Road and UtilitiesThese comprise of the following infrastructure elements:
- Access Road
- Edible water
- Sewerage Water Systems
- Bulk Power Supply Substation
- Telecommunications System
The access road, including necessary lighting and signage is complete. The civil/structural and mechanical works for the sewerage treatment plant are complete. The Swaziland Electricity Company completed and commissioned the power supply substation. Telecommunications System has been installed.
Air Traffic SystemsThese comprise the following infrastructure elements:
- Secondary Radar
- Radio navigation systems (i.e. Instrument Landing System, Non Directional Beacon and DVOR/DME)
- Meteorological equipment
- Aerodrome Ground Lighting (AGL)
- Air Traffic Control tower equipment and facilities
- Fibre optic communication network
Legislation & ComplianceThe Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority is in full operation and most of the staff that will inspect and license Sikhuphe International Airport have been recruited and enabled basic technical training. Overall, training is ongoing at ICAO approved institutes. The design of the national airspace and production of related instrument procedures is currently underway. This includes the conducting of WGS-8 survey. The airport operator division of the Authority has started the process of applying for the aerodrome licence.
MarketingSwaziland hosted Routes Africa 2010 between the 30th of May and the 1st of June 2010. This event was attended by high profile Airport Executives and Aviation delegates from Africa, the Middle East and Europe, and was aimed at showcasing Swaziland as an attractive business & tourist destination. Sikhuphe International Airport was also exhibited in subsequent Routes Development Forums.
There has been several meetings with airline operators who have shown interest in flying to Swaziland, combining it with other neighbouring destinations. The Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority, together with other key industry players are aggressively marketing Swaziland as a destination accessible by air in an environment that meets all the ICAO safety and security standards.