oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Rehabilitation of the Pietermaritzburg Airport - Finalist - Technical Excellence Category : SAICE 2012 Awards
With Pietermaritzburg being the capital of the KwaZulu-Natal Province, it had become necessary to upgrade the city's airport. The airport had lost popularity over time due to growing dissatisfaction with the level of aircraft comfort, perceptions of unreliability, diversions to Durban and some fears about safety. The ailing airport experienced a 25% decline in passenger numbers from 2006 to 2009.
The upgrade (to the value of R40 million) of this Category 4 airport took place over a three-year period and was funded by the KZN Provincial Treasury. One of the major elements in this project was the rehabilitation of the airport's runway.
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