|A Kulula.com aircraft about to take off at Lanseria.|
Domestic flights in South Africa were definitely given a boost when Lanseria International airport was expanded with a much bigger runway. With this move, as South Africa's only privately owned airport it fulfilled a much wanted need for Gauteng residents seeking an alternative to the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park for domestic flights.
Situated in Airport Road in Lanseria, Lanseria International Airport is about 56 km from Pretoria and 55 km from Oliver Tambo International airport. It is not a new airport and was already established in 1974. But with the bigger runway, bigger aircraft can now land and take off. It now offers daily flights between Lanseria and Cape Town and Lanseria and Durban with Mango and Kulula.com airlines although limited. Apparently more flights from Lanseria airport will be added soon to which I am looking forward to.
I was impressed with its upgraded passenger terminal building, restaurants, duty free shopping and pickup and drop off areas. It offers a much more peaceful alternative to the buzz of the Oliver Tambo airport. The only disappointment was its more expensive long-term parking facilities. Flight prizes were also not cheaper than those departing from Oliver Tambo. However, it definitely offers an alternative to driving on an E-toll road to Oliver Tambo International airport and will therefore be used by me again soon.
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