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From humble beginnings - Lanseria International Airport

WHEN TWO aviation enthusiasts, Fanie Haacke and Abe Sher, had an idea to build the busiest airport in the country back in the early 1970s, they would have be very proud to see that Lanseria International Airport (LIA) would become most definitely Johannesburg’s airport of choice.

The current consortium behind Lanseria International Airport (LIA) is currently engaged with activities that will result in the further development of the West Rand-based airport. At least R500-million in capital expenditure has been set aside as part of the initial investment to develop the airport. This is part of the at least R10-billion commitment in three phases over the next 14 years to be invested in Lanseria.

It is envisaged that this commitment by the private sector will result in job creation and position Lanseria International Airport to be a gateway of preference for passengers travelling regionally in the continent. Lanseria International Airport currently handles two-million airline passengers per year and has seen a marked growth in domestic traffic.


Currently undergoing another major upgrade, Lanseria International Airport is continuously evolving to meet the increased passenger and aircraft traffic demand.

The current upgrades include a new control tower and fire station complex, a new International Arrivals and Departures hall and a new apron – ‘Charlie’ Apron for general aviation aircraft and passengers, and new VIP lounges for Lanseria International Airport, the Bidvest Lounge and a new Kulula Lounge.


This new facility which accommodates the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (RFFS), Air Traffic Control and the South African Weather Services, stands 28 metres high.


The Fire Station is a modern facility that is be home to the Airports 38 RFFS personnel. This facility has offices for officers, rest areas and kitchen facilities for crew members, a gym and recreational area, male and female ablution facilities, a lecture room and a library. There are also two store rooms and a small workshop.

There are six vehicle bays to accommodate the RFFS fleet of ten first response and support vehicles. The fleet which is deployed operationally is as follows: One MAN 6x6 rescue first turn out truck. This vehicle carries 8 000 litres of water, 480 litest 3% AFFF and 150 kg DCP.

The vehicle is also equipped with a full array of rescue equipment for first response rescue operations................................ For the FULL ARTICLE please subscribe to our digital edition.

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