At a recent press briefing hosted jointly by the Department of Transport (DoT), Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), South African Police Service (SAPS), South African Air Force (SAAF), and the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), it was announced that special airspace restrictions will be implemented during the upcoming Confederations Cup, to be held in major cities across the country.

According to SACAA�s Chief Executive Officer, Captain Colin Jordaan, the general aviation industry should expect some airspace restrictions which may impact on their day-to-day operations, �...as the custodian of aviation safety and security in the country, the SACAA, with the collaboration of the DoT, ATNS, SAPS and the SAAF, needs to ensure that air safety and security measures are in place and are properly coordinated. Unfortunately, one of those measures involves airspace restrictions around host cities, prior to, during and after each game.�

According to Jordaan, an Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) Supplement has been issued which outlines specific temporary restricted airspace areas declared. This measure will affect areas and airports situated closer to stadia in the various host cities. Airports situated close to the stadia include among others, O.R Tambo International Airport, Lanseria, Rand, Grand Central, Bloemfontein and Pilanesburg.

A temporary airspace restriction would be placed on an 80km radius around O.R. Tambo International, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg airports from midnight on June 13 to midnight on June 28. No restrictions would be placed on Durban and Cape Town airports as no games would be played in these cities.

The airspace around all stadiums would further be restricted for a radius of eight kilometres from two hours before a game until an hour after the final whistle. The Air Force said a vetting and authorisation office would be manned 24 hours a day, from June 10 to June 28.

The notices that have been issued contain information on arrival and departure slot coordination, airspace restrictions, authorisation and vetting procedures as well as Air Traffic Service flight plan and transponder requirements. The notices are available on the SACAA (www.caa.co.za) and ATNS (www.atns.co.za) web-sites.