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Pietermaritzburg Airport, formally known as Oribi Airport, was fully licensed by the Civil Air Board in March 1931 and so has a long history as an operational Airport. It was reopened under its current name in 1969 and is the primary airport serving the city of Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas, including the Midlands and the outer west suburbs of Durban.

The airport is situated approximately 5 km South of the CBD, an easy 15 minute drive, offering direct flights to and from all major South African cities as well as from Sun City, Maputo and Windhoek. It currently accommodates approximately 100 000 arrivals per year. In addition to the scheduled flights, Pietermaritzburg Airport also caters for private chartered Jet flights, is home to the Aero Club and is used as a parachuting venue by Skydive Durban.

Pietermaritzburg Airport is not congested, offers affordable parking and no bussing is needed to and from the aircraft. It makes for a hassle-free travel experience, convenient for both business and leisure passengers.

Airport Facilities

  • Scheduled Flights
  • Chartered Flights
  • Skydive Durban
  • Flight Schools
  • ATM facilities
  • Sweet and gift shop
  • Restaurant
  • Car rental facilities
  • Basic First Aid Available


Pietermaritzburg receives approximately 695 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the mid-summer months.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 27˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 6˚C and 21˚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 close to the Terminal.

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

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