Durban Aerotropolis Overview
Discover the Durban Aerotropolis, Africa’s first purpose-built airport city designed to take the way we live, work and play to the next dimension. This world-class precinct is capable of enhancing urban, regional and national competitiveness through improved 
multi-modal transport access and planned, co-ordinated, aviation-linked commercial development, making the surrounding communities and the entire province of KwaZulu-Natal more economically attractive and sustainable.

Master Plan

  • A 50-year master plan development for KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; 
  • City planned around the King Shaka International Airport; 
  • Intermodal Logistics Gateway; 
  • Integrated Living Settlements; and
  • Connect to 6 continents and 320 destinations within 24 hours


Strategical Location  - Durban Aerotropolis
320 km2 / 7908 acres of land
42 million m2 / 104790 acres of developable property
100 square metres/24710,54 acres of green space
Potential Investment Value

About this World-Class Precinct 

  • Close proximity to the two largest and busiest seaports in Africa, Durban and Richards Bay; 
  • State-of-the-art road, rail, air and ITC infrastructure; 
  • A ‘Greenfield’ development with about 32 000ha of developable land; 
  • Located within South Africa’s premier tourist destination, KwaZulu-Natal. 
  • Purpose-designed international airport, with a 50-year master plan and providing access to more than 700 international destinations; 
  • A safe haven for investments with well-developed financial and equities market; and 
  • Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone – a magnet for manufacturing companies seeking speed, agility and access to global markets.

What sets the Durban Aerotropolis apart? 

  • A purpose-built; freight-orientated development with a world-class cargo facility and an international airport, at its heart;
  • Environmentally-sensitive ‘Greenfield’ region, with additional developable land available for carefully planned and controlled expansion with environmental sustainability being an important structuring element;
  • Coastal location makes logistics a cost-effective proposition;

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  • Inclusive human settlements;
  • Enhanced economic and employment opportunities;
  • Direct access to numerous global destinations and linkages to SADC countries, making KwaZulu-Natal a key business point;
  • Business efficiency, attractiveness and sustainability;
  • Breadth of quality tourist products and experiences; and
  • Effective Government implementation and support.

There are several key driver stakeholders and government agents who contribute as a collective. Each, through their own mandates, collectively contribute to the implementation and objectives of the Durban Aerotropolis.

  • KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA);
  • Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone;
  • Trade & Investment KZN (TIKZN);
  • Tourism KZN (TKZN);
  • eThekwini Municipality (Including eThekwini Transport Authority, Water and Sanitation and Invest Durban);
  • District of iLembe, Kwadukuza and Ndwedwe Local Municipalities;
  • Enterprise iLembe;
  • District of uMgungundlovo and Msunduzi Local Municipality;
  • Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)- King Shaka International Airport;
  • Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa);
  • National and KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport;
  • KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury;
  • KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements;
  • The University of KwaZulu-Natal;
  • National Housing Development Agency;
  • National Department of Trade and Industry (DTI);
  • Tongaat Hulett;
  • Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA);
  • Eskom;
  • Umgeni Water; and
  • Social Accord.

Durban Aerotropolis is a new, urban environment developing around King Shaka International Airport, taking advantage of increasing global connectivity, the efficient Dube TradePort logistics hub, nearby seaport, a growing Special Economic Zone and 'Greenfield' space to develop a globally competitive 21st century operating environment in KwaZulu-Natal.

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