The old site of Durban International Airport is to be dug up and turned into a new sea port.

The former site of Durban International Airport is to be dug up and converted into a new port.

The airport is close to the coast and plans have been announced for the currently disused site to be converted into the city’s second sea port.

Before the work can begin the plans have to be approved by the Competition Tribunal.

However, the group had already given the green light to the purchase of the site by developers Transnet for 1.8 billion South African rand (£142 million) from Airports Company South Africa.

Transnet is planning to invest 100 billion rand redeveloping the site.

The airport was decommissioned in May 2012 following the opening of the King Shaka International Airport to the north of the city.

Served by some of the world’s biggest international airlines offering regular flights to a number of locations, the new airport also boasts a range of high quality restaurants and shops.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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