George Airport upgraded to host private jet owner wanting to safari in the Karoo

2017-04-11 06:30 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town – George Airport in the Western Cape  can now accommodate larger aircraft.

This after it received exemption from the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority (SACCA) to upgrade from a CAT 7 aerodrome to a CAT 8 aerodrome.

The upgrade, which means that the regional airport is now able to receive larger aircraft, with the required safety and aircraft rescue capacity in place, was approved following the request from a "private individual from the Middle East, who visits a Karoo game farm annually with his family". 

Brenda Vorster, manager of George Airport says following a successful upgrade, the privately-owned aircraft - an A310-300 - landed at the airport on Friday, 7 April 2017 with 24 passengers and five crew members.

"It will be at the airport precinct until 13 April 2017, before it departs to the Middle East," says Vorster.

“This upgrade is good news for regional tourism and a feather in the cap of George Airport, which has displayed professionalism and proved that it has the staffing and infrastructure to accommodate larger aircraft with more passengers,” says Vorster.

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Airports Company South Africa, has six regional airports which include Upington, Kimberley, East London, Bram Fischer, Port Elizabeth and George airports - all said to "play a pivotal role in boosting regional tourism and supporting the economic and social development of South Africa’s more remote regions".  

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