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

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

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Sleeps: 6

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.

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Sleeps: 6

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.

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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

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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

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Horizon Unit 3

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in La Mercy

4.3km East of King Shaka International Airport

Escape to a 3 bedroom air-conditioned sanctuary away from the city. Suitable for a family or for the executive (Sleeps 6). Situated close to all amenities (Umhlanga/Gateway 12km away) and is just a short stroll from the beach.

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No. 1 Isikhulu

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Umdloti Beach

4.5km South East of King Shaka International Airport

This well appointed apartment is situated on the Umdloti north beachfront and has unrestricted sea views.

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Sleeps: 4

17 Isikhulu

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Umdloti Beach

4.5km South East of King Shaka International Airport

17 Isikhulu offers comfortable self-catering accommodation in a 2-bedroom apartment situated within a complex right on the beach in the seaside town of Umdloti.

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18 IsiKhulu

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Umdloti Beach

4.5km South East of King Shaka International Airport

This shoreline flat is situated on the Umdloti north beach front and has breath taking sea views. The apartment sleeps 4, and consists of 2 bedrooms - both of which has an air-conditioner. There are 2 bathrooms, the main bedroom overlooking the sea, a spa

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Sleeps: 8

Whale View Beach House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Umdloti Beach

4.5km South East of King Shaka International Airport

Situated high on the Umdloti Green Belt dune overlooking the breakers, Whale View Beach House is a fully furnished, open plan haven. The house has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 8. The view is magical. It's absolutely peaceful here, ideal for a family

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