"Off the Grid"
George Airport in the Western Cape Province of South Africa is situated just 10 km from all major locations in the city of George. A first of its kind, George Airport was unveiled as Africa's first solar powered airport on the 26th February 2016. The R16 million solar power upgrade began in March 2015 and the project was completed two months ahead of schedule, a major accolade for Africa.
George Airport is the only commercial airport serving the Garden Route area, a very popular destination for tourists. It currently operates domestic only routes in South Africa and its’ passenger terminal handles approximately 600 000 passengers annually, with a current capacity of 800 000. The airport is also a national hub for distribution of cargo, including flowers, fish, oysters, herbs and ferns.
George has a warm climate and mild rainfall throughout the year, with the highest rainfall months being August, October and November.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 25˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 18˚C.
Various forms of transportation to and from the airport would be airport or 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, including long term parking facilities.
Travelers are advised to arrive one and a half hours before the departure of domestic flights.
In 2010 George Airport was voted the Best Regional Airport in Africa at the ASQ Awards.
In 2016 George Airport became Africa's first solar powered airport.
The airport was built in 1977 as an exact replica of the Keetmanshoop Airport in Namibia and was named P. W. Botha Airport, after the former State President who lived in the area.
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