The long-awaited white paper into aviation policy and airport development seeks greater private-sector financing on airport infrastructure and also aims to integrate the sector’s operations. SA has 135 licensed airports, of which 10 are designated as international airports, nine as provincial government airports, 33 military airports and about 90 as municipal airports. The majority of municipal airports are not financially sustainable, but the policy paper has cited international examples of airlines directly investing in airport infrastructure. "Many airports have a huge role to play in feeding Airports Company SA [Acsa] airports and other international airports," according to Airlines Association of Southern Africa CEO Chris Zweigenthal. Last Thursday, the Cabinet approved a white paper on national civil aviation policy and a subsidiary national airports development plan. The yet-to-be gazetted policy papers outline the broad framework for aligning SA’s civil aviation sector with ...

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