Hosting the 2013 Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition (ACE) from 24 –
26 April – a major coup for Ekurhuleni / O.R. Tambo International Airport
Ekurhuleni, South Africa, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 – Airports Company
South Africa’s network of nine airports provides the connectivity, accessibility
and location for economic growth and development locally and globally. The
company’s flagship airport, O.R. Tambo International, which has been viewed as
the ‘aerotropolis model for Africa’ is proud to be the host airport alongside
the City of Ekurhuleni at Africa’s first Airport Cities World Conference and
Exhibition taking place at Emperors Palace from 24 to 26 April 2013.
Airports are natural drivers of local and regional economic development,
forming the core of regional growth. Connectivity is the essential glue that
binds so many businesses to a well-connected facilitator, and Airports Company
South Africa’s network of nine airports provides the ideal matrix for
connections across the globe. Whether the requirement is local, regional, within
the SADC region, the African continent, Europe, North America or within the
BRICS grouping of nations, Airports Company South Africa provides the gateway.
The concept of ‘aerocities’ and ‘aerotropolises’ is a logical extension of the
evolution of major airports and, is recognised and welcomed in South
“Airports are the fastest emerging developmental nodes and
South Africa’s airports are ideally positioned to add impetus and direction to
these exciting economic growth points. The aerocity concept is a highly
attractive option for businesses that want to move out of conventional central
business districts and have a need for the best domestic and international
connectivity, combined with 24/7 security,” says Bongani Maseko, Airports
Company South Africa’s Acting Managing Director.
The ACE event is a first for Africa, and a big coup for the City of
Ekurhuleni, O.R. Tambo International Airport, Gauteng and South Africa as a
whole. Having started in 2002, the 11th world conference will include an Airport
City tour championed by Ekurhuleni. The half-day tour will commence at the
airport before proceeding to other areas of the aerotropolis.
2011, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality announced its intention to
transform its municipal district into a fully-functioning aerotropolis, with
O.R. Tambo International at its epicentre. This is a natural decision, simply
based on the airport’s success as a ‘hub’ – providing unrivalled and essential
interconnectivity across Africa and the world. In 2012, the airport handled more
than 19 million passengers, more than 310 000 tons of cargo and 212 000 air
traffic movements. Development plans for O.R. Tambo International include a 20
000 square metre office block, a 14-hectare industrial park and the creation of
an industrial development zone that will feature a jewellery manufacturing
Airports Company South Africa is a platinum sponsor at this
year’s ACE conference and one of the biggest exhibitors. At least three of the
company’s speakers for the conference will provide a platform for sharing
experiences and information regarding the growth and development of airport
cities around the world.
“The exhibition and conference will provide an
ideal platform for networking and the unveiling of some of the most innovative
thinking in terms of the aerocity and aerotropolis concepts,” said Maseko,
adding that the event would also add to O.R. Tambo International Airport’s
growing stature as a world-class airport.
Conference and exhibition
delegates will include airport executives, planners, project managers and
executives from the retail, marketing, security and development agency
industries and arenas.
For more information, please contact:
Unathi Batyashe-Fillis – O.R. Tambo International Airport,
Office Number: +27 (0) 11 921 6087
Mobile: +27 (0) 79 882