SouthAfrica.info (Johannesburg)

7 February 2013

South Africa: Or Tambo Airport 'Ready for Afcon Final'

The management of OR Tambo International Airport say they are ready to cater for the influx of passengers into the country for the final of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Following their victories in Wednesday night's semi-finals, Nigeria and Burkino Faso will do battle in the final match of the 2013 Afcon finals at the National Stadium in Johannesburg at 8pm on Sunday, 10 February.

Wednesday's semi-final losers, Mali and Ghana, will play off for third place at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

With the last four teams coming from the West Africa bloc, OR Tambo International Airport General Manager Tebogo Mekgoe said they didn't anticipate any hassles in processing the outflow of football fans after the tournament.

"We have a lot of processing capacity and great experience in terms of events management at OR Tambo Airport, so we are ready for the potential inflow of football fans for the Afcon finals," Mekgoe said.

"With the robust plan that we have with our stakeholders at the airport, we are confident that there will be no issues in processing the high volumes of football fans into the country, and this plan will also be used when they depart after the tournament," he told SAnews on Wednesday.

Asked about challenges at Africa's biggest and busiest airport, Mekgoe said the issue of delayed flights had to be dealt with in order for the airport to continue to be rated among the best in the world.

Mekgoe said he was also working on an ideal collaborative plan with all the airport stakeholders, with a view of improving services.

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