Durban International Airport, formerly known as the Louis Botha Airport is located 17 kilometers to the south-west of downtown Durban in South Africa. This facility has been a public cum military airport which has served the requirements of Durban Town since 1951. Situated at an elevation of 29 feet above mean sea level, the facilities at this airport can handle a capacity of 2 million passengers every year. Located along the east coast of South Africa within the KwaZulu-Natal area, Durban is a very popular holiday and business destination alongside an exquisite coastline.
Port of Durban, which is the biggest sea-port of Africa, is situated minutes away from the Durban International Airport. Along with a single passenger terminal and a 8,000 feet long paved runway the passenger facilities available here include a post office, bank with ATM machines, currency exchange counters, and an arrival and departure hall. There are many different types of stalls selling items of passenger convenience, a duty free shop, bars, restaurants and an executive premier lounge providing comfort.
Many shuttle services are running 24X7 between the city centre and the Durban International Airport ferrying passengers up and down. However, with the opening of a new airport at a distance of 35 kilometers to the north of Durban, all services and flights from the former Durban International Airport has been shifted to the King Shaka International Airport since 2010. As this facility was co-located with AFB Durban, the Durban International Airport nevertheless will be used by the South African Air Force and the Police Air Wing, although still unclear as to what the future usage of this airport site will be.