Cape Winelands Airport
Nestled in the idyllic Western Cape Winelands region, the Cape Winelands Airport is located forty minutes east of Cape Town’s City Centre in the Durbanville area. Its GPS coordinates are 33.7708° S, 18.7416° E and 120 metres above sea level.
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History of the Airport in Cape Town
Formerly known as Fisantekraal, the Cape Winelands Airport was built back in 1943 as a training base for the South African Air Force during the Second World War. The airport currently has four of its original runways located on the sizeable 150-hectare property.
Cape Winelands Airport was owned by the local municipality in the ‘60s, but ownership changed hands in 1993. Then, in 2021, Rob Hersov announced his keen interest in purchasing the airport and turning it into a world-class airfield secondary to CT International Airport.
Hersov now co-owns the airport with Nick Ferguson, the businessman behind the River Club creative group. River Club has been transforming Cape Town spaces for years now, for example, the Woodstock Exchange, the Old Biscuit Mill, and the apartment block WEX Living in Woodstock. The group is also responsible for South Africa’s original boutique hotel, Daddy Long Legs.
The new airport is set to rival the Cape Town Airport, primarily aimed at tourists and travellers in and around the Northern Suburbs.
Rival to Cape Town International Airport
Interestingly, Rob Hersov is an ex-shareholder of Air Berlin and a giant South African entrepreneur. Hersov is a private investor and also holds the position of Chief Executive and Chairman of Invest Africa. With an impressive track record – including ties to Rupert Murdoch and Johann Rupert – few can think of a more qualified business tycoon than Hersov to rejuvenate Fisantekraal.
According to an interview with Biznews, Hersov plans to build “the Lanseria Airport of Cape Town,” referring to the small Lanseria airport near Johannesburg. This is by no means Hersov’s first foray into aviation either. The South African billionaire founded Marquis Jet Europe, which he sold to Warren Buffet.
While the Cape Winelands Airport is a low-traffic airfield for the moment, investors have big plans for it to compete with the Cape Town International Airport in the commercial space. For residents of the Northern Suburbs and tourists travelling outside of the major city of Cape Town, the Cape Winelands Airport is an ideal stop-over destination.
At the moment, the airport is operating as a general airfield, also providing private aircraft services and aviation training. In the short-term, the space will cater to tour operators, private aircraft operators, and charters. It will be primarily for individuals who find Cape Town Airport to be too big.
It’s still early days for the new airfield, but investors are confident in the potential of the space and its long-term growth. The idea is to make a home for smaller airline companies who don’t want to compete with the big names found at Cape Town International.
The City of Cape Town hasn’t yet received an application for expansion for the airport. However, a pre-submission meeting was scheduled for March 2021.
Western Cape Property Development Forum chairperson Deon van Zyl said the Durbanville community is cautiously excited about what the investment could mean for the town.
He said in an interview with IOL, “In particular, because of its location close to the Winelands, it would deliver added economic value to important Western Cape nodes such as Paarl and Wellington, and all along the West Coast.”
The Cape Winelands Airport is also home to the Cape Town Flight Training Centre (CTFTC), an aviation school. The new CPT airport also offers fuel supply to the local aviation community and is home to two decommissioned runways used as local film sets.
Film Shoots on Location at this CPT Airport
The natural surroundings of the airport make for the perfect scenery for a film. You may have seen the airport featured in television shows like Showtime Production’s Homeland or Netflix’s The Crown. Numerous advertisements have also been filmed here, too. The backdrop of the mountains on the open runway makes for an ideal setting for any production company.
The airport has also been used for shows like Getaway Car from BBC and Fear Factor from Endemol Productions. You can see the airfield featured in scenes from Netflix’s feature film The Kissing Booth 2.
Cape Town Flight Training Centre
The Cape Winelands Airport has been home to the Cape Town Flight Training Centre for several years now. Since 2003, pupils have been training here for both commercial and private flying. The airport has five full-time instructors, as well as a fleet of eight private aircrafts used for flight training.
Cape Gyro Flights
You can find Cape Gyro Flights, the introductory pilot training school, at the Cape Winelands Airport. You can take to the skies on an introductory flight with a qualified Gyroplane instructor. The gyrocopter ride will take you on a breathtaking journey over Robben Island, Table Mountain, and the Mother City.
Try your hand at flying the gyrocopter yourself on an introductory flight, which is sure to be a thrilling adventure for anyone travelling in the Winelands. Don’t forget to bring your camera if you want to take some memorable snapshots of the Atlantic Seaboard and Table Bay while you’re in the air.
A thirty-minute flight will cost you R950; a forty-five-minute flight is R1245; and a one-hour flight is R1900.
Airport Storage Facilities
The Cape Winelands Airport is well-equipped to handle a range of aviation storage needs. With seventeen hangars on-site, you pilots rest assured their aircraft and cargo will be safe and sound at all times. If you’re interested in making use of the storage facilities, you can check out the aviation prices and fees on the airport website.