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3. KING SHAKA INTERNATIONAL

3. KING SHAKA INTERNATIONAL

(KwaZulu-Natal)
Direction: 06/24
Length.  : 3 700m
Surface. : Asphalt

Named after the most influential Zulu leader, King Shaka International Airport, is also known as La Mercy Airport (after the area in which it is situated). Abbreviated KSIA, it is the primary airport serving Durban, South Africa. Located approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi) north of the city centre of Durban, it opened its doors to passengers on May 1, 2010, just over a month before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, replacing the existing Durban International Airport which was decommissioned. The airport precinct is bordered by the M43 to the north, the Mdloti River to the south, the R102 to the west, and the N2 freeway to the east. . Designed by Osmond Lange Architects & Planners at the cost of R6.8 billion, the  airport forms part of the Dube Tradeport, which will additionally consist of a trade zone (being linked to the airport’s air freight component), facilities to support the airport such as nearby offices and transit accommodation for tourists, an integrated agricultural export zone and an IT platform.

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