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 Post subject: Skukuza airport
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 3:26 pm 
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I have heard a rumour that there is talk of the airport at Skukuza re-opening.
Has anyone else heard anything about this?
I presume that all the runways and airport buildings are still there so it would not be have to be re-built.
It would be interesting to know whether there is any truth to this or whether it is nothing but a rumour.

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 4:14 pm 
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Penny wrote:
Maybe one of the KNP spokesmen would know?

Will ask Diannet to follow this up for you on Monday Penny.

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 Post subject: Skukuza airport
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 10:38 am 
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Hi Penny

As you quite rightly say in your post, Skukuza Airport hasn't ever really closed.
Not only are the SANParks aircraft permanently based there and operate there all the time, but there are chartered flights that land there from time to time.
All scheduled airliners now land at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (or KMIA).

That is the status quo of it at the moment.

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Federal Air operates "scheduled charters" between Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo) and Skukuza. I use them from time to time when staying at Rhino Post or Plains Camp. As often as not, I am the only passenger at a more or less deserted airport. Weird, compared to the days when Comair/SA Express operated two or three daily F27/Dash 8 flights to Skukuza.

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 Post subject: Skukuza Airport
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:11 pm 
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Does the skukuza airport still exist, and to what extent does it function.
I last flew into Kruger in early 2000 via SA Express, and it was an experience worth treasuring.
Any other forumites that have had this rare privilege?
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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza Airport
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It still exists and is very functional.

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:33 pm 
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hi all!
I flew into Skukuza airport a couple years ago with federal air...it really is an amazing experience to fly over the lowveld area! The terminal building is small and really not much to it, but it serves its purpose. I think it would be great if there were cheaper flights going back in there ... but not too many!


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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza Airport
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:02 pm 
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Wildtuinman87 wrote:
Any other forumites that have had this rare privilege?
I wouldn't describe it as rare even now, Federal Air can fly you in and out every day of the week, provided you stay at the right lodge.

I've been in and out of Skukuza more times than I can count, first with Comair, then SA Express, and finally FedAir. I got to know some of the Comair F50 pilots so well that I often spent the entire flight in the cockpit jumpseat. Those were the days!

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:25 am 
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I used to land at Skukuza almost on a weekly basis, en-route from Phalaborwa to Johannesburg.
Sometimes in a Dakota and later on with the "new" Fokkers 8)
At one stage Comair ran a weekly flight between Phalaborwa and Durban (on Thursdays), that flight also landed at Skukuza.
The flight between Phalaborwa and Skukuza took about 15 minutes if memory serves me right.
One of the sightings from the air I will always remember was of a huge baboon strolling down the road when we came in for the landing, he looked up at the plane and just carried on walking, like a seasoned ol' Jo'burg boy.

The Phalaborwa/Skukuza flight to Jhb can be real nasty and usually is.
The intense heat in summer causes terrible turbulence up there, resulting in what feels like a roller coaster ride.
Then, when you think it can't get any worse, you cross over the Drakensberg Mountains and you fly into where the hot air meets the cooler air of the highveld, and usually into a severe thunderstorm.
Ever spilled hot coffee onto your lap?
Thats when you switch to beer.. a cold one please :thumbs_up: (It also helped the nerves)

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
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No coffee then :lol:

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 Post subject: Airport
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Recently, I read in a newspaper that the airport at Skukuza will be upgraded and that flights will once again be undertaken to the Kruger. Will the car rental at Skukuza then also move there? Any news about the progress about the airport upgrade? Just wandering.

Mods, please move this if this under the wrong section... Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Airport
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Don't think that commercial flights will be allowed to use the airport, but then I am just speculating :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Airport
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Please note that a proposal to re-open the Skukuza Airport has been submitted to SANParks Board for approval. Once the board approves, a tender will be advertised. It is only then that we will know about car rental and other things.

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 Post subject: Re: Airport
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Many thanks for the information and reply Stephens.L


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 Post subject: National flights to and from Skukuza
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:18 am 
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Hi there everyone.

There is a rumour doing the rounds that by the end of this year there will be national flights to and from Skukuza airport. Now I'm not talking about small little airplanes, I'm talking boeing size airplanes. Can anyone confirm this?

I for one think that if this is true it is just another step closer to turning Skukuza into Sun-City. An absolutely idiotic idea. What influence would this have on the surrounding wildlife especially birds when you have large passenger aircraft flying around (apparently 4 per day).

Again, I did not here this from an official source so more info would be appreciated.


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