The Zululand District Municipality is the owner and operator of the Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport located 1km SW of the town of Ulundi. The airport is currently undergoing numerous civil and procedural upgrades with the intent of launching a scheduled flight service between Pietermaritzburg and Ulundi with (an additional stop at Virginia airport in the near future) as from the end of March 2012. This gives rise to a variety of business opportunities and interested service providers are invited to submit expressions of interest for the following:
Car Rental service
Airport shuttle service
Freight Forwarding service
Airport Restaurant or Coffee Shop
Rental of Office Space
The Ulundi region is one of the fastest growing population centres in South Africa and is at the cultural and commercial centre of the Zulu Kingdom. It is also a primary access point via the paved P 700 to the Cengeni gate of the renowned Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park. It is the intent of the Zululand District Municipality to make the PMB Ulundi Airport a primary access point into the district as well an economic development node for the greater community.
A fully staffed and equipped rescue and fire department is on site and is qualified to operate at category 4 - 5 levels. The Airport Precinct has extensive terminal facilities, hangar space, land for development, parking for aircraft and automobiles, a fuel depot, hangar space and a fully operational radio navigational approach system. There are two paved operational runways; 1700 x 18 metre paved main; and 800 x 16 x 12 metre crosswind.
Her worship the Mayor of ZDM, Cllr Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi is pictured here with the honourable premier Dr Zweli Mkhize and Finance MEC, Mrs Ina Cronjé.
The resumption of flights marks the culmination of a fruitful partnership between the Zululand District and KZN Provincial government. Last year, Finance MEC, Ina Cronjé successfully motivated for a 30 Million Rand infrastructural grant for the upgrading of the Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport in Ulundi. This has made it possible to bring the airport back up to first-world aviation standards and to re-commence daily flights for business and government travel.
Speaking at the launch of these new developments in October 2011, MEC Cronjé said that the Ulundi airport partnership was a very good example of how provincial government and districts should work together. She encouraged all public and municipal servants to use the new scheduled service, emphasising that not only will it save costs, but it will also save time. It takes 30 minutes to fly as opposed to 3 ½ hours by car.
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