The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) owns and operates the 10 principal airports, including the three major international airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and handles 98 % of the country’s commercial air traffic.

The others are domestic airports in Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Kimberley, Upington and Pilanesberg. Other airports in South Africa include Lanseria (Midrand), Gateway (Polokwane), Nelspruit and Kruger (Mpumalanga).

In the run-up to the 2010 soccer world cup, a number of airports, especially the OR Tambo and Cape Town international airports were significantly upgraded. The total budget for the operation was around R 20 billion. Acsa shut down Durban’s old airport and replaced by King Shaka international airport, built from scratch, at La Mercy, outside Durban, at a cost of R7.9 billion.

The Department of Transport has executed a runway and terminal refurbishment at Bloemfontein Airport. A terminal upgrade at East London has been done and runway a refurbishment at the airport of Port Elizabeth.