Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Richards Bay Airport Car Rental

Richards Bay Airport is a smaller airport located in Richards Bay, South Africa. Parastatal Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) operates a network of larger airports and Richards Bay Airport is not a part of it. Richards Bay is an independently managed airport managed by Indiza Airport Management.

Currently, South African Express Airways is the only scheduled flight service in and out of Richards Bay. In the Northern Natal Province, this airport is home to one of the only Aviation Maintenance Companies Alton Aero Engineering. South African Express Airways uses a fleet of Dash 8Q300 series aircraft to offer flight service to domestic passengers.

There are many speculations regarding a major upgrade to the Richards Bay Airport which will render the airport an international status. It was finally confirmed that the airport would undergo a major upgrade in 2011. However, the project was put on hold due to local township issues of Mandlanzini. The intended runway extension for the major upgrade project is in the path resident settlements. As major upgrade is confirmed in Richards Bay Airport, South African Express Airways is also planning to replace the existing Dash 8Q300 series aircraft with the new Q400 series aircraft which requires an extended runway to operate.

At present, due to limitations of the Runway and taxiway infrastructure the new Q400 series aircraft is unable to operate. As the major upgrade project has been put on hold, South African Express Airways is expected to operate a handful of flight service using Dash 8Q300 series aircraft until the major upgrade is completed in Richards Bay Airport.

As South African Express Airways is the only flight service in and out of Richards Bay, the airport gets crowded during the flight arrivals. As a result, you might have to wait around the rental car counter to pick a rental car for transportation. So, it is better to book rental car through Richards Bay Airport Car Rental to avoid discomfort when you arrive at the airport.

Airlines using Richards Bay Airport include:

South African Express

The above information was obtained from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richards_Bay_Airport


Video: A Tour of Richards Bay Airport

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