Throughout each year, tourists visit South African beaches in Durban, known as Surf City, as containers are coming in and out of the largest port. The newest South African airport for international travel opened on May 1, 2010; and the final flight from the old Durban aiport took place on April 30,2010, as it just became too small for tourism and commercial flights.
The greenfield airport, South Africa’s 2nd largest (following Gautrain), is located at La Mercy, which is 35 KM North of Durban. The 3.7 KM runway can handle the largest aircraft from around the world, which includes the A380, and a second runway is set to be built in the future.
There are also 34 parking bays, air bridges, 72 check-in counters, a total of 18 service kiosks, along with 52 retail shops, and over 6 retail spaces (500 meters squared each), and 4 parking bays for up to 500 spots, including a multi level parkade. The latest designs are incorporated in passenger terminals, so passenger movement from arrivals to departures, are very smooth and pleasant.
For those individuals going through King Shaka, there are full range banking, car rental, forex, and other services, that travelers want to see. There are also many bars, duty free shops, and restaurants for you to visit during your stay.
You can contact King Shaka International Airport at +27 083 296 3510.