airports have become key nodes in global production and enterprise systems
offering speed, agility, and connectivity. The recent rapid expansion at the
King Shaka International Airport and surrounding Dube TradePort has made this a
natural selection for further development into South Africa’s own Aerotropolis.
This area is considered to becoming a major trade and business hub in
Sub-Saharan Africa right on the doorstep of KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest city and
primary manufacturing centre, Durban.
behind the Aerotropolis concept is that airports offer connectivity to
suppliers and customers across the globe. Many of the businesses around
airports can often be more dependent on distant suppliers or customers than on
those locally. The aerotropolis encompasses a range of commercial facilities
supporting both aviation-linked businesses and the millions of air travellers
who pass through the airport annually.
unique location between two of Africa’s major seaports of – Durban and Richards
Bay – its 32 000-acre ‘Greenfield’ site and the longest airport runway at
sea-level in South Africa (3.7km), capable of accommodating the largest
aircraft in the world, King Shaka offers the ideal site.
Africa's busiest port and the largest container facility in
southern Africa, while Richard's Bay is the world's largest bulk coal terminal.
addition, three components clearly set Aerotropolis-KZN apart, affording it a distinct competitive
advantage over other South African and African destinations.
- Firstly, this is a
freight-orientated development with world class cargo facilities, managed
by a single handler and considered the most secure in Africa;
- Secondly, it is being
purpose-built, especially within a radius of 7,5km around Dube TradePort;
- Thirdly, this is one of few
such developments around the world utilising a Greenfield site, with an
additional 32 000 acres, ready for carefully planned and controlled
only 30km from Durban city centre, with a complete supply chain in place and
improved trade capacity, King Shaka Airport has already secured enhanced
connectivity and commerce for the region. Along with high speed optic fibre
cables installed for super connectivity and highly efficient inter-modal
logistics links, Dube Trade Port's Development Strategy will guide the
development of the entire Airport City and create significant opportunities for
– KZN represents a unique opportunity to plan and develop an integrated,
multi-modal hub from scratch, with each component designed for synergy and
While the objective of the development is the facilitation of trade and
economic development in the province as well as helping the airport to become
the centre of an economic node, it will not only focus on profit. Dube Trade
Port aims to address longer term environmental issues and ensure sustainability
and viability of all the communities and areas involved in the development.
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