As the number of daily flights into and out of Skukuza airport will be limited and strictly controlled, all charter and private flight operations at Skukuza will require prior authorisation from the Skukuza Airport Management Company, This will not be granted without prior indemnification and written undertaking by the operator to comply with the applicable operational procedures and standards which are in force for safety and environmental considerations.
With the change in status of the Skukuza airport to a Category 5 class 2 airport, there is a strict requirement to protect the sterility of the facility. Furthermore the airport will remain within the ‘Private and Unmanned’ classification and as such all flights looking to access the airport will require pre‐approval and authority, this is in line with the current policy as applied by SANParks and the Kruger National Park Director. A strict policy of penalties will be applied to any non‐compliant operators. All passengers and crews, as well as baggage, which are handled on the Skukuza airport apron will be required to conform with the strict security measures which will be enforced by the airport in line with CAA regulations.
In the case of private flights, whilst drop‐off on arrival and pick‐up on departure of passengers and their bags will be facilitated on the airport apron or taxi loop, all aircraft parking will be required to take place at the ‘bunker area’. Transport to and from this area will be facilitated by the airport subject to prior arrangement and confirmation as a part of the landing pre‐approval authorisation process. Private vehicles will for security reasons not be allowed access to the airside areas at the ‘bunker’.
Where Skukuza airport is being used as a staging point to transfer passengers between aircraft this will also be required to take place at the ‘bunker area’. The airport apron is small and with the presence of large scheduled airliner operations and lodge shuttle aircraft, it will be impractical to accommodate other aircraft on the apron. An airport ground operations radio frequency will be available to crews on which to confirm aircraft parking and movement details