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Gateway to Africa

Polokwane International Airport is situated 7 km outside the city of Polokwane in the Limpopo Province, South Africa.

The airport is managed by Gateway Airport Authority Limited and is built on a precinct of 945 hectares of land with two runways. There are daily scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Polokwane as well as several other non-scheduled and chartered flights to other local and international destinations.

Strategically positioned, it provides essential logistical options to the mining, agricultural and tourism industry and is recognized as the “Gateway to Africa”.

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Car rental facilities
  • Immigration facilities
  • Fire & Rescue Services
  • Medical & Emergency Services
  • Conference facilities

Climate

Polokwane experiences rainfall mainly in the summer months with the highest occurring in December and January.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 18˚C and 26˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 4˚C and 21˚C.

Transport

Various forms of transportation to and from the airport would be hotel shuttles, hired cars or taxis.

The airport has specified drop-off and pick-up areas and for those traveling with their own vehicles, ample parking is provided.

Travelers are advised to arrive one and a half hours before the departure of domestic flights.

History

The airport was a former military air force base called Pietersburg International or Gateway International Airport, before it was decommissioned in 1995.

Polokwane International Airport was formally opened on March 1995 by the then Deputy President Mr Thabo Mbeki. Commercial service only began in February 1996.

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