Johannesburg Ready for 2010 World Cup

Written by Nick

Johannesburg is ready to welcome tens of thousands of visitors with open arms for the 2010 World Cup.

Extensive works at OR Tambo International Airport and the Coca-Cola Park Arena have been completed in readiness for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The Confederations Cup on the 14th June this year between Bafana and Iraq is being seen by many as a dress rehearsal that will test the enhanced facilities at both the airport and venue.

Johannesburg airport

Johannesburg airport

Interest in South Africa and Johannesburg as a holiday and business destination has grown in popularity over the last decade with passenger numbers increasing from over 12 million to over 17 million between 2002 and 2006.  Air traffic movements increased by over 25,000  in the same period from around 175, 000 to more than 200, 000.

To cope with the increased demand of recent years and predicted future growth, improvements at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport have included: the construction of a main central terminal building, refurbishment of existing services such as the airport lounges at Johannesburg, the development of the international pier, construction of a multi-storey car park, road infrastructure development and a link to the multi-billion Gautrain station, amongst others.

With the huge investments made at the airport, the Coca-Cola Park Arena and in local infrustructure, Johannesburg is ready to demonstrate its ability to host a major part of one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

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