SA Epic Tour: an airport fit for a king – King Shaka International Airport

King Shaka Departures Hall

King Shaka International Airport Departures Hall

Bright and early we were up in Amanzimtoti, on our way to pick up the lovely Annie, our next roadtripper. After bypassing Durban on the ring road, we breezed through vast sugarcane fields interspersed with fancy new office parks, all the way up to La Mercy, far to the north of Durban.

Upon entering the airport area one passes through an avenue of tusks, very impressive, and then on to the parking and main building. Everything is completely modern, very chic and imaculately kept. There are broad covered walkways, manicured gardens, and modern glass facades. It’s hard to believe construction on the airport began in 1973!

To elaborate on that, what they did was dig drainage and set up that basic infrastructure back then, but due to sanctions against the Apartheid government of the time, money ran out in the 80’s and the project was put on hold. Construction finally resumed in 2007 and the airport opened on 01 May 2010 after more than 30 years in the pipeline, making it the world’s newest airport.

There’s tons to do at the new airport with loads of shops and restaurants, almost all of them look as if they could be flagship stores for their brands with their modern glass and brand new decor. What’s more is there are tons of staff around to make your life easier, you are greeted warmly upon entering the airport, assisted with trolleys onto escalators and off again by smiling ladies in bright orange tops.

We really liked this airport, we managed to snap a few shots which we put online on Flickr.

Next up, check out the fun we had at uShaka Marine World!!

Our Readers Comments

  1. It doesn’t quite feel like Durban to a Durbanite (the old airport was so small and friendly!) but the drive there is beautiful, and it’s extremely slick and impressive… I think I’ll learn to love it!

  2. Yup I think it’s easy to love, maybe a bit too big for what it’s used for now… it will get there. I always found it funny at the old one who Kulula and Emirates had offices right next to each other!

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