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MARGATE
AIRPORT:

A CINDERELLA STORY
IN THE MAKING

To date, CemAir has flown 10 000 passengers between
Johannesburg and Margate, and has eight flights scheduled per week.

November 1, marked exactly a year “Because of Cemair, we envisage big developments at Margate
since CemAir’s first aircraft landed at airport” said Max Mbili, HCM Municipal Manager and key role
Margate’s friendly airport, located on player in initiating the Cemair service from the start. The Hibiscus
KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. Coast Municipality is working closely with the KZN Treasury on
infrastructure development plans for the airport terminal building
Miles van der Molen, CemAir’s CEO and owner, and his wife as well as creating direct road access to the airport from the N2
Laura, CemAir’s CFO, had many reasons to celebrate the one- highway. The long term dream includes a runway extension to
year anniversary. From the humble beginnings of two flights per accommodate the likes of Cemair’s 50-seater regional jet aircraft.
week, the schedule service now runs eight return flights per week South Coast Tourism’s Justin Mackrory joined in the collective
and to date, CemAir has flown 10 000 passengers between Johan- message of the significance of having air access to the region,
nesburg and Margate. “Within two hours those who boarded in Johannesburg can be on
a beach or a golf course.”
Margate Airport is becoming a template for a working private - Amongst the many thank-you’s Miles made special mention of
public partnership; an aligned approach to achieving the common the collective efforts of Siyabonga Zama, HOD for Economic
objective of connecting the KZN South Coast by air to Johannes- Development HCM, the Margate Airport Manager, Yolanda van
burg, the largest economic hub in Africa. Together, The Hibiscus Rensburg, Nicolene Myburgh, Head of Cemair Schedule Services
Coast Municipality, the KZN South Coast Business Community, and the entire Cemair team whose sole purpose is the delivery of
the Rate Payers Association and Cemair have made this possible. a quality value-adding service to their customers.
“We are Margate’s Airline and today we are amongst friends” said As Pat Symcox, former South African cricketer and owner of
Miles van der Molen in his congratulatory anniversary speech. theRemax Coast and Country said, CemAir has made positive
game changes… for business, jobs and everyone. “Let’s fly to fur-
Prior to November 2013, Margate Airport was last serviced by di- ther places, and do great things together,” he added.
rect flight access in 2009 when SA Airlink discontinued its flights
and the King Shaka Airport moved from Durban Central to its
current location 160km north of the region.

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