New Airport in Cape Town to be constructed by Rob Hersov
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Mr Rob Hersov new owner of Cape Town’s Fisantekraal airfield plans to build and transform it into a world-class new airport offering passengers additional choice when travelling to and from South Africa’s most popular tourist city 13 kilometres northeast of Durbanville.
Quoting Biznews article - Mr Hersov has partnered with Nick Ferguson to buy Fisantekraal Airport in the Western Cape in 2020.
Fisantekraal Airport was built on a 150-hectare site by the South African Air Force in 1943 to operate Lockheed Ventura bombers.
The Fisantekraal Airport initially featured four runways. While all four are still visible from overhead, only two are still in use. However plans to upgrade the Airdrome is in now well underway it seems.
The airfield was transferred to the local municipality in the sixties and was sold to a private owner in 1993. It then changed hands again last year for the better. Which is in actual fact exciting news we think here at the Flapping Mouth.
The airport is currently a favourite for flight training enthusiasts in the Cape Town area and many advertisements and movies have been filmed there.
Mr Hersov said they have renamed it to the “Cape Winelands Airport” and have plans to convert it into a competitor to the Cape Town international airport.
Cape Winelands Airport currently manages numerous aircraft hangars for the storage and maintenance of private aircraft and helicopters. It has plenty of room for further development and ancillary services. And thus will be upgraded to meet international expectations.
Being conveniently located approximately half-way between the Cape Town CBD and Paarl, it is a perfect site to launch Cape Town’s second commercial airport.
There is good reason to take Mr Hersov seriously enough when he says he wants to build a new airport for Cape Town.
Mr Hersov has worked with numerous successful businessmen, including media mogul Rupert Murdoch and South African billionaire Johann Rupert.
He is also a successful international entrepreneur in his own right. He has, among other things, built a successful private jet business which he sold to Warren Buffett.
After 31 years abroad he has returned to South Africa where he is now focused on investments in Africa. Which is exciting news for the Western Cape.
He also is the chairman and CEO of Invest Africa – a platform that evangelises Africa with members in New York, Washington, London, Dubai, Geneva, and Johannesburg.
He also serves as chairman of African Capital Investments, deputy chairman of VistaJet, and chairman of Adoreum Partners.
It takes large amounts of time and capital to develop airport infrastructure, and to attract passengers and airlines to a new airport. It is therefore unlikely that the Cape Winelands Airport will become a bustling secondary airport in the immediate future. Cape Business quoted in their article.
However, we here at Garden Route Contractors, knows that when an optimistic Business man like Mr Hersov is involved it can mean only one thing. We will watch what is happening and report back once News becomes more apparent!
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