Biz-Community (Cape Town)

7 February 2013

South Africa: Or Tambo Ready for Afcon Finals

OR Tambo International Airport management says they are ready to cater for the influx of passengers who will be flocking into the country for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals.

With the last four teams coming from the West Africa bloc, OR Tambo International Airport General Manager Tebogo Mekgoe said they don'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.

"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.

The final match of the 2013 Afcon finals will be played at the National Stadium in Johannesburg at 0800 on Sunday, February 10.

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 amongst 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 service.

SAnews.gov.za

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