Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
History, Facts and Overview
(Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa)
Historically known as the DF Malan Airport, Cape Town Airport was originally named after the South African Prime Minister, Daniel François Malan (1874-1959). In the mid-1990s the facility was renamed as the Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and at this time many improvements were made.
The airport has recently started work on a series of substantial renovations, which will cost in excess of R1 billion. Due to be completed in 2015, the airport will be able to accommodate 60,000 take-offs and landings. High traffic is also expected in 2010, the year that South Africa and Cape Town in particular play host to the FIFA World Cup.
Cape Town International is well equipped with customer services and facilities, such as comprehensive banking and currency exchange services provided by Nedbank, FNB (First National Bank) and also ABSA (Amalgamated Banks of South Africa), a dozen dining outlets, around 30 regular and duty-free retailers, and executive lounges.
Special facilities at the airport include an OSCA medical surgery, baby changing amenities and office space in the Premier Lounge.