What you need to know about King Shaka International Airport

What you need to know about King Shaka International Airport

A complete  guide to King Shaka International Airport

 

Flying to or from Durban? The King Shaka International Airport is located approximately 35km north of Durban in La Mercy, KwaZulu-Natal. The airport opened in 2010 in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. If it’s your first time flying with this airport, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know before embarking.

What you need to know about King Shaka International Airport

Facilities

  • The airport offers a Premium and Luxury Lounge offering travellers a comfortable place to wait for their plane to depart and get some work done. Their lounges may include complimentary food and beverages, televisions and newspapers, shower and networking facilities.
  • Furthermore, the airport has various clothing, health & beauty, book and art stores as well as banking and Forex facilities.

 

Facts about the King Shaka International Airport:

  • Info: The King Shaka International Airport has 3700 metres (12,100 feet) of runways, a 102,000 square meters (1,100,000 square feet) passenger terminal and a 15,000 square meter (160,000 square feet) cargo terminal
  • Passenger capacity: 7.5 million passengers per annum
  • Ultimate capacity: 45 million passengers in 2060
  • Vehicle parking bays: 6 500
  • Air traffic control facilities, cargo facility, wastewater treatment plant
  • Terminal area: 103 000 square metres

What you need to know about King Shaka International Airport

Fun Facts about King Shaka International Airport

  • King Shaka International Airport is named after the founder of the Zulu Kingdom, King Shaka kaSenzangakhona, and stands on ILembe District land, which is culturally significant to the Zulu people.
  • It was the first greenfield airport to be commissioned by ACSA in 50 years.
  • King Shaka International Airport opened its doors to the general public on 1 May 2010,  a month before the beginning of the 2010 FIFA World Cup which was based in South Africa.
  • KSIA has a bird radar system, the first of its kind for a commercial airport anywhere in the world. The system is linked directly to the control tower so that the guys and girls up there will know straight away if any potentially hazardous bird movement is occurring.

Food establishments at the airport:

  • Food

    41 Cape Town Fish Market Piazza (032) 436 3018
    42 Cosmic Candy Domestic Departures (032) 436 2612
    43 Cosmic Candy International Departures & Airside (032) 436 2612
    44 Fego Caffe Duty Free Mall (032) 436 6203
    45 Fego Caffe Domestic Departures (032) 436 6203
    46 Kauai Landside Arrivals – Food Court (032) 436 6206
    47 Kentucky Fried Chicken Landside Arrivals – Food Court (032) 436 0040
    48 Milky Lane Landside Arrivals – Food Court (032) 436 3055
    49 Mugg & Bean Piazza (032) 436 6002
    50 Rhapsody’s Duty Free Mall (032) 436 0044
    51 Rhapsody’s Domestic Departures (032) 436 0044
    52 Sandwich Landside Arrivals – Food Court (032) 436 6013
    53 Spur Piazza (032) 436 6201
    54 Steers Landside Arrivals – Food Court (032) 436 2722
    55 Sweet Treat Landside Arrivals & Landside Departures (031) 912 3426
    56 The Airport Cellar Landside Arrivals (032) 436 6018
    57 Wimpy Airside Departures (032) 436 0017

 

The distance from King Shaka Airport to Durban

The distance from King Shaka Airport to Durban varies depending on the route taken and can be done in

  • Just under 40 kilometres if you would be taking the N2
  • If you would be taking the M4 via the N2 then the distance from King Shaka Airport to Durban would be around 34 minutes.
  • If you would be taking the M4 via the R102 then the distance would be around 36 minutes.

Restaurants near the airport:

  • Ile Maurice – 16.4km/approximately 17 minutes away
  • Little Havana – 16.3km/approximately 18 minutes away
  • Olive & Oil Umhlanga – 16.3km/approximately 18 minutes away
  • Bel Punto – 9.9km/approximately 12 minutes away

Safety tips when you are in KwaZulu-Natal:

  • When using the ATM, practice caution and never accept when a stranger offers to assist you with your transaction.
  • When you’re using a credit card at restaurants, ask the server to bring a card machine to you.
  • Only use credible tour operators and transport services such as Magic Transfers, for example.
  • If you have goods to declare at the customs office, you must complete a Traveller Card and make a verbal declaration of your goods to a customs officer.

Medical facilities close to King Shaka International Airport:

  • Victoria Hospital Mediclinic – 8.6km/approximately 12 minutes away
  • The local choice pharmacy – 9.7km/approximately 14 minutes away
  • Medigate Medical centre 2 – 18.3km/approximately 18 minutes away

Getting to the airport

Magic Transfers can take shuttle people from their homes or offices to airport swiftly and comfortably. Contact us to book your airport shuttle.

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What you need to know about King Shaka International Airport