King Shaka International Airport

King Shaka International Airport

Known by many who make their way to Durban for both tourist and business pursuits, The Durban International Airport was opened in 1951 as a replacement for the Stamford Hill Aerodrome. The airport was originally named after old South African statesman Louis Botha, and was known as Louis Botha International Airport until 1994 when it was renamed Durban International Airport. While the airport served the domestic market well, its two main drawbacks were low numbers of international passengers and a runway which was too short for a fully loaded Boeing 747 to take off. As a result of these two factors Durban International Airport lost much of its international traffic to the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Durban International Airport was decomissioned in April of 2010 with the new replacement airport located at la Mercy, 35 kilometres north of Durban, opening in May.

The new King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) was named after the great Zulu King Shaka who ruled during the 19th century, and is known as a greenfield airport - built from scratch to avoid any likely constraints. The new airport, designed by Osmond Lange Architects and Planners and built at a total cost of R7,9 billion is South Africa's second largest transport infrastructural project after the Gautrain rapid rail link, and boasts a new passenger terminal building with a total floor surface area of 102 000 m² - much bigger than the old airport's terminal which only covered 30 000m². The new King Shaka International Airport will be capable of handling an annual capacity of seven and a half million passengers, compared to the four and a half million which passed through the old Durban International Airport. Additional space has also been set aside for large scale expansion in the future.

KSIA's new runway, which is almost 2 kilometers longer than that of the old Durban International Airport, stretches a distance of 3.7 km and is capable of safely accommodating some of the world's largest aircraft, including the double-decker Airbus A380. Provision for future construction of a second runway has also been made. Other upgraded features at the new King Shaka International Airport include an increased number of aircraft parking bays which now total 34, of which the old airport only had 23; sixteen air bridges, 20 more check-in counters than Durban International, 18 self-service kiosks , 52 retail outlets housed in over 6 500m² of retail space, and 6 500 vehicle parking bays - 4000 more than the old airport.

The passenger terminal building at King Shaka International Airport has been designed in such a way, and incorporates the latest in design concepts - ensuring for the easy movement of passengers from arrival to departure. KSIA also offers visitors a full range of banking, forex and car rental services, and also include an appealing variety of restaurants, bars and duty-free stores.

Accommodation Near King Shaka International Airport

Sleeps: 6
From R 1 600,00
Per unit, per night.

Coral Reef 604 Penthouse

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in La Mercy

3.7km South East of King Shaka International Airport

This exceptionally stylish luxury Penthouse apartment on the top floor in La Mercy could not be situated closer to the beach. Fabulously furnished boasting 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), and a huge patio with breathtaking 180 degree views of the

From R 1 450,00
Per unit, per night.

Coral Reef 105 Penthouse

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in La Mercy

3.7km South East of King Shaka International Airport

The perfect holiday letting with an awesome sea view. La Mercy is a perfectly situated heaven for executives visiting businesses and industries north of Kwa-Zulu Natal. We welcome you at our place

Sleeps: 6
From R 1 600,00
Per unit, per night.

304 Coral Reef

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in La Mercy

3.7km South East of King Shaka International Airport

Luxurious Self Catering 3 Bedroom Apartment with panoramic sea views situated right on the beach between Umhlanga and Ballito in La Mercy.

From R 1 450,00
Per unit, per night.

Ocean Views

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in La Mercy

3.7km East of King Shaka International Airport

This upmarket newly refurbished and renovated 3 bedroom unit has lovely sea views. The unit has air-conditioning, a large flat screen TV and DSTV. The kitchen is fully fitted with a fridge, washing machine, microwave oven and stove.

From R 1 400,00
Per unit, per night.

5 Kings View

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in La Mercy

3.7km East of King Shaka International Airport

For a perfect, self-catering holiday or weekend away, escape to No. 5 Kings View situated at 168 South Beach Rd. La Mercy, with the beach on your doorstep

Sleeps: 6
From R 1 100,00
Per unit, per night.

24 Crystal Cove

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in La Mercy

3.7km East of King Shaka International Airport

Located across the road from your own secluded piece of beach this immaculate self catering apartment on the 2nd level, has spectacular 180 degree sea views.

Sleeps: 24 in 4 units/rooms
From R 2 000,00
Per unit, per night.

Kings View 1

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in La Mercy

3.8km East of King Shaka International Airport

Number 1 Kings View is situated at 168 South Beach Rd La Mercy. This spacious 3 bedroom (all en-suite) 300 sq meter apartment is the front unit (ground floor) in a complex, consisting of 5 units in total...

Sleeps: 6
From R 800,00
Per unit, per night.

Sea Haven

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Umdloti Beach

4.2km South East of King Shaka International Airport

Sea Haven is situated high on the dunes overlooking Umdloti Beach, which, in turn, is located on the beautiful stretch of Indian Ocean coastline.

From R 2 950,00
Per unit, per night.

Sea Side Villa

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Umdloti Beach

4.3km South East of King Shaka International Airport

This holiday home has 3 massive garages for your vehicles to ensure safe and secure parking. For your convenience there are also a servant's quarters and laundry facilities on the property. Also included are TV Stations

From R 1 000,00
Per unit, per night.

Horizon Unit 2

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in La Mercy

4.3km East of King Shaka International Airport

Looking for the perfect self catering getaway, escape to a 3 bedroom fully air-conditioned sanctuary away from the city overlooking the stunning La Mercy Beach which is just a short stroll away. Suitable for a family or for the executive -sleeps 6