CAPE TOWN- Major upgrades are on the cards for the country’s major airports over the next three years, that are estimated to cost R11 billion.

In Parliament on Friday, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) was presenting its budget.

Bongani Maseko, Acsa chief executive said their intention for the company is to grow its non-aeronautical business to contribute 55% of its income by 2025.

They are now commercializing the western precinct of OR Tambo international, due for completion by December 2019.

Acsa said they want Cape Town airport to their shorten arrival time for domestic passengers, and has plans to complete a new arrivals hall by 2021.

They said they do not have long term plans anymore to expand the international terminal.

“We are now seeing there are more and more people flying directly into Cape Town compared to previously when people would fly into OR Tambo.”

For Durban, at the King Shaka International airport, Acsa plans to build and extend a runaway extension by March 2020.

Deputy Transport Minister Sindi Chikunga says that Cape Town International Airport will be renamed, the only decision that needs to be made is what will the name be and after who.

She said, “There are quite a number of names coming through. So the consultation will be made. After that we’ll rename Cape Town airport.”

The discussion comes after EFF leader Julius Malema said at Winnie Madikizela Mandela funeral that they should name the Cape Town airport after her.

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