Framework in place for public and private investment in Durban Aerotropolis

The Durban Aerotropolis Master Plan constructs a development framework for the next 50 years of growth in the region’s premier airport precinct.

Durban Aerotropolis Master Plan (Source:
The Durban Aerotropolis is destined to become a premier business and trade hub in Sub-Saharan Africa, on the doorstep of KwaZulu-Natal’s largest city and primary manufacturing centre, Durban.

The city of Durban is also home to Africa’s busiest seaport and the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest and best equipped container terminal, and is strategically positioned on the world’s shipping lanes.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government drives the planning of the Durban Aerotropolis in conjunction with local land owners, municipalities and other state entities.

Dube TradePort Corporation is involved in the formulation of the integrated regional spatial planning and development of the Durban Aerotropolis, which will take advantage of Dube TradePort’s prime location as home to the state-of-the-art King Shaka International Airport, the heart of the aerotropolis and a major trade and business centre for Southern Africa.

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The following components clearly set the Durban Aerotropolis apart, affording it a distinct competitive advantage over other destinations:
  • A freight-orientated development with, at its heart, a world-class cargo facility managed by a single handler, Dube TradePort Corporation;
  • Purpose-built; and
  • One of few developments world-wide which incorporate a ‘greenfield’ site with additional surrounding land available for carefully planned and controlled expansion. The coastal situation of the Durban Aerotropolis makes logistics a cost-effective proposition.

The development, in conjunction with the airport city component, Dube TradePort SEZ, together with burgeoning seaport infrastructure, direct access to numerous global destinations and linkages to SADC countries, combine to position KwaZulu-Natal as a key business point in South and Southern Africa.

Its potential for growth into the future brings together a plethora of like-minded stakeholders whose objectives align with a shared goal: the creation of an investment climate conducive for the expansion and growth of KwaZulu-Natal’s economy through the establishment of new opportunities for the broad business environment as a result of structured and planned development.

  • 32 000 hectares
  • 42-million square metres of development
  • 750 000 permanent jobs
  • 1.5-million residents
  • Approximately R1-trillion potential investment
  • 10 000 hectares of green space