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9. UPINGTON AIRPORT

9. UPINGTON AIRPORT

(Northern Cape)
Direction: 17/35
Length.  : 4 900m
Surface. : Asphalt

At 4900 metres, Upington is one of the longest runways in the world. The high elevation of the airport, extremely high summer temperatures and the fact that it was designed for the Boeing 747, necessitated the extreme length of the main runway. Upington Airport’s uncommonly long runway and its strategically advantageous location, close to South Africa’s northern borders, makes it ideally placed to serve the African continent. For this reason the airport is to be developed into a major cargo hub that will serve sub-Saharan Africa directly from South Africa’s Northern Cape Province. Planning is also under way at Upington Airport to construct a facility for the long-term parking of mothballed aircraft.

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