King Shaka International Airport

King Shaka airport opened its doors in May 2010 at a cost of approximately R6.8 billion and is a facility easily compared to other major world class airports around the globe.

Located at La Mercy and sometimes referred to as ‘La Mercy Airport’, King Shaka International is about 35 kilometres from the city of Durban and is the city’s major airport being three times the size of the old Durban International airport with five times as many shops. With shops covering every need including banks and a post office and a wide choice of restaurants, travellers, visitors or those waiting for a connecting flight are guaranteed a relaxed and pleasant experience.

Designed to grow in international services, King Shaka International is the key element for domestic travel throughout South Africa serving the ‘Golden Triangle’ between OR Tambo International in Johannesburg and Cape Town International and believed to be ranked the 9th busiest airport in Africa.

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Cheapest Domestic Flights King Shaka International Airport


Cheapest International Flights King Shaka International Airport


There’s nothing like watching the ‘big birds’ take off and land as many families do for a day’s outing with their children, possibly only dreaming of actually being in one of those ‘big birds’! Whether you’re going on holiday or attending a conference on a tight budget, flying is the quickest and safest mode of travel and doesn’t need to cost you a fortune if you shop around for cheap flights and plan your trip well ahead of time.

Simply go on-line and look for ‘cheap flights’ where you can find numerous offers and compare prices with additional add-ons for hotels and cheap car rental. Mango and Kulula among others, offer cost effective flying options and bearing in mind that if you just change your dates by one or two days, the price of an air ticket can decrease and flights that depart earlier and later in the day are often cheaper than those departing at peak times.

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Save time and get a cheap flight for your trip and enjoy the experience of the international airports South Africa has to offer.

The much awaited ‘Arrivals Pick-Up Parking’ facility at King Shaka International is now open to the general public. As a designated pick-up area it is more user friendly alleviating congestion and streamlining pick-up measures. Containing 43 bays including three parking bays for individuals with disabilities it was prepared in partnership with the Quadriplegic Association of South Africa and has a ‘twenty minute free dwell time’, more than enough time for a pick-up and be sure to always check the FIDS monitor in the Arrivals Hall for any flight delays in which case you can go to the multi-level parking instead. Car park attendants are available to assist visitors with enquiries or technical issues.


King Shaka Airport Security

Security officers on patrol, license plate recognition systems and CCIV monitors are in place for security and vehicle safety.

Short term parkers are advised to utilise the ‘shaded parking’ area, suitable for one to three day’s parking with rates that are cost effective. With 2500 bays and not too far from the main terminal building, it is entirely fenced in and also has designated wheelchair parking bays located close to pay points.

Travellers needing to park their vehicle for three days or longer should utilise the ‘long stay parking’ comprising 500 shaded bays, fenced in and has golf carts for transporting people to and from the main terminal building.


King Shaka Airport Parking

The ‘multi-story parking’ is an optimum three-level parking facility in close proximity to the main terminal and retail outlets consisting of 500 bays. Disabled parking is clearly indicated and available on all levels with elevator and escalator access including ablutions on level one and the ground floor.

For those having hired a cheap car rental vehicle, conveniently there is separate section designated for ‘car rental returns only’. The new King Shaka International airport eliminates all concerns regarding your vehicle and the safety thereof, leaving you to enjoy your holiday or business trip.

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