Lanseria International Airport (LIA) could add a further runway in the future due to strong demand from travellers.

Lanseria International Airport (LIA) could add a further runway in the future due to strong demand from travellers.

Located close to Johannesburg, LIA is planning a five-year investment plan and this could see a significant increase in passengers’ services as it handles more flights to South Africa, reports Creamer Media’s Engineering News.

In 2010, passenger numbers reached in excess of one million – considering higher than the 150,000 recorded in 2005.

“It could touch, or exceed, two million passengers by the end of this year,” said LIA airport manager Gavin Sayce.

Expansion plans could include a new runway, a multi-storey car park and a new hotel.

At present, LIA, which was opened in 1972, has seen strong growth since the introduction of low-cost flights to Durban and Cape Town by airline Kulula. It is expected that the number of flights operated by the carrier could increase from 77 flights per week to over 100 in the near-future.

Written by Erin Marshall.

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