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Acsa tightens Cup systems

2010-07-10 17:56

Johannesburg - The Aiports Company SA (Acsa) said on Saturday that has tightened systems at OR Tambo International Airport and the airport in Port Elizabeth for the two final World Cup matches.

"In order to avoid any last-minute surprises at Port Elizabeth and OR Tambo International Airports for the last two matches of the World Cup, each arriving and departing aircraft will be managed strictly in line with the approved slot timetable," Acsa operations director Bongani Maseko said.

Aircraft operators that have not applied for a slot at any of the two airports will not be allowed to land, unless in an emergency.

"Already today (Saturday) operators without slots were diverted away from OR Tambo International Airport to Pilanesberg International Airport.

"Any aircraft operator that fails to adhere to an instruction by either Air Traffic and Navigation Services or Acsa, or ignores the official notice to airmen issued by Acsa, will be dealt with in accordance with the Civil Aviation Offences Act No 10 of 1972, and every other law at Acsa's disposal."

Parking arrangement have been made for private operators and charter planes, he said.

"As we approach the end of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Acsa will need the cooperation of all stakeholders."

Acsa has come under criticism and threats of lawsuits after the company was forced to turn away planeloads of passengers from King Shaka Aiport in Durban earlier this week.

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