SA Airlink has been appointed as the official carrier of passengers, between Newcastle Airport and O.R. Tambo International Airport.
SA Airlink has been appointed as the official carrier for residents travelling between Newcastle Airport and O.R. Tambo International Airport.
Newcastle Municipality released a press statement this morning, confirming SA Airlink would be responsible for scheduled flights between the airports, but also asked residents to be patient.
“The process of scheduled flights can take some time to put in place, as indicated by the Civil Aviation Authority and the carrier, due to the fact that our route has to be advertised internationally since we will be flying to an international airport. However, we are working our way around it and hope to fly soon.”
Newcastle’s advertising slot is reportedly 53rd on a list and will only be broadcast in February 2020. After this, it takes up to 6 months for final clearance and awarding to concluded.
“Although it seems a long way off, it will serve the residents of Newcastle well, once fully operational.”
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In the meantime, the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) – which will allow aircraft to land at Newcastle Airport in poor weather conditions – is being installed. The system functions like an advanced GPS, interacting and guiding aircraft to land safely.
The municipality since entered into agreement with a car hire service, operating from the terminal building, and has appointed service providers for the coffee shop. It has also approached other companies in the interest of taking up rental space.
“They can start at any moment, but it would be ideal to start when there are scheduled flights and more people using the airport.”
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