Since its opening in 1974, Lanseria International Airport (LIA) has established itself as an internationally recognised player in the aviation sector. For local commuters in the know, Lanseria is the airport of choice when you’re looking for a peaceful, top-class travel experience away from the chaos that is O.R Thambo Airport. But it’s not just a great airport destination for frequent local flyers to and from Joburg, there are loads of reasons to choose Lanseria as your airport of choice when flying.

For starters, the airport has recently undergone a massive upgrade, including a much-expanded parkade and retail precinct, giving travellers more to see and do at the airport than ever before, and more convenience with its new parkade. What’s more, “over the next few years the airport is planning a R2 billion investment to double its capacity – to six million passengers annually – by 2028, explains Shaun Pozyn, Head of Marketing at Pozyn continues “This expansion will include establishing an ‘airport city’ around Lanseria, with hotels and offices. Gautrain also plans to extend its high-speed rail network to Lanseria.”

Want to know more? Below Pozyn offers more insights on why travellers should consider Lanseria International Airport (LIA) for their next business or holiday travel:

Looking to relax before your flight? “Airside, the duty-free section boasts a SLOW XS transit lounge exclusively for qualifying, FNB, RMB and Comair Limited VIP guests, says Pozyn. “Apart from a space to catch up on work or relax, travellers can sample the bite-sized taster-inspired menu, which focuses on small-scale produce with hand-selected ingredients. Visitors to the lounge can also savour a cold-brewed coffee selection and boutique, small-batch alcohol labels from micro-distilleries.”

But it’s not just what’s in the airport that makes it a good choice, adds Pozyn. “Lanseria’s position – between Gauteng’s two major economic hubs – means it’s convenient for leisure and especially business travellers commuting between Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town frequently.”

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History buffs are offered easy access to one of Gauteng’s prized tourist locations. “The Cradle of Humankind is just 15 minutes’ drive from Lanseria,” says Pozyn. It’s an enormously important palaeoanthropological site, home to around 40% of the world’s human ancestor fossils, and a must-see for visitors.” In addition to superb interactive exhibits, the Cradle of Human Kind also offers fine dining, various adventure sports and game viewing.

Further afield, Lanseria is less than two hours’ drive from Sun City and there is a fairly direct route on two major motorways that will get you to the Kruger National Park in under five hours.

With over 70 weekly flights between Lanseria, Durban and Cape Town and with faster check-in processes, as well as a shorter walk from the car park to the terminal it’s an obvious first choice for visitors to Gauteng, concludes Pozyn.

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