In order to facilitate the various security areas and processes it is proposed to construct a new departures wing. This wing contains a secure sterile area in which departing passengers are held prior to proceeding to embark on their flights. Additional ablutions including a paraplegic toilet are provided in this structure.
The arrivals and departures node, which is included within the new wing, will be used to manage the flow of passengers particularly arriving passengers. A key element of this facility is to be able to hold the meeters and greeters element in particular for the private lodges whose trackers and rangers meet their arriving guests prior to escorting them to their game vehicle for transfer to their lodges.
With up to 12 lodges (or Lodge groups) located in the vicinity of Skukuza, whose passengers could make use of Skukuza airport, there could potentially be between 9 and 12 vehicles with 24 staff members dropping off and meeting their guests at any one time. To avoid congestion in the main terminal building/check‐in area suitably identified and approved lodge staff would have access to the meet and greet vestibule. Once guests (or groups of guest) have been met they would be escorted directly to their waiting vehicles with lodge staff attending to baggage collection.
The main terminal building area, apart from housing check‐in would also accommodate the curio shop, car hire offices and the airline and feeder airline offices. It is planned that the ablution facilities will be renovated in the style of the overall facility. A universal use toilet has been included.
In regard to the entrance to the building, this has been designed to provide covered access to the parking area as well as an area where large groups can be held and briefed prior to departing the airport, as is usual with larger conference and incentive groups etc. This area will also serve as elevated access onto which passengers on 4×4 game drive vehicles from lodges can alight easily, this is especially relevant for the infirm or passengers with disability, who could struggle to climb up to these high vehicles from ground level.
Baggage collection will take place in approximately the same area, adjacent to the car park, which previous travellers and users of the airport will be familiar with.