4. PORT ELIZABETH AIRPORT
Length. : 1 980m
Surface. : Asphalt
Formerly H. F. Verwoerd Airport, Port Elizabeth is located approximately two miles south of the city’s central business district. This has earned it the name ‘10-minute-airport’ because it is said to be less than ten minutes’ drive from most major areas of the city. The airport has three runways. The main asphalt one 08/26 is 1,980m long, the second asphalt one 17/35 is 1,667m long and the third grass one is 1,160m long. There are also 13 aircraft parking bays on the apron and the terminal building measures 8,700 square metres. The modern terminal upgrade was completed in June 2004 allowing the airport to handle up to 2 million passengers a year. On May 17, 2004, John Travolta landed his personal Qantas Boeing 707 at the airport directly from Mauritius as he was visiting a nearby private game reserve.
On February 1, 2008, King Abdullah II of Jordan’s Airbus A340-200 landed at Port Elizabeth as he made his way down the Garden Route to Cape Town on a Harley-Davidson motorbike.