George Airport

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George Airport
George Airport, Western Cape, South Africa.jpg
The terminal at George Airport, Western Cape, South Africa, on Dec 1, 2014
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Company South Africa
Serves George, South Africa
Elevation AMSL 639 ft / 195 m
Coordinates 34°00′24″S 22°22′51″E / 34.00667°S 22.38083°E / -34.00667; 22.38083Coordinates: 34°00′24″S 22°22′51″E / 34.00667°S 22.38083°E / -34.00667; 22.38083
GRJ is located in Western Cape
Location in the Western Cape
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,000 6,561 Asphalt
02/20 (CLOSED) 1,220 4,002 Asphalt

George Airport (IATA: GRJ, ICAO: FAGG) is an airport located in George, Western Cape, South Africa. It was formerly known as P.W. Botha Airport, named after the state president who lived in this part of the country.

This airport was originally built in 1977 as an exact replica of the Keetmanshoop Airport in Namibia, however since expansion and changes it doesn't look similar anymore. It has won awards for efficient operation two years running.[clarification needed]

In 2013, the airport served 560,432 passengers, substantially more than the 154,000 in 2003. From 2014 onwards continued increase in passenger numbers were witnessed, with 2017 recording a record number of passengers of 785,486, closing in on the design capacity of the airport which should necessitate further terminal expansion in the near future.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Airlink Cape Town, Durban
CemAir Bloemfontein[1]
FlySafair Johannesburg–OR Tambo, Johannesburg–Lanseria
Seasonal: Cape Town Johannesburg–OR Tambo
Mango Johannesburg–OR Tambo
South African Express Johannesburg–OR Tambo (suspended)[2]


Airlines Destinations
BidAir Cargo Johannesburg OR–Tambo

Flying Schools[edit]


  • VOR - GRV 116.60 MHz
  • ILS - GGI 110.1 MHz (Runway 29)
  • ILS - GEI 109.5 MHz (Runway 11)

Traffic statistics[edit]

Annual passenger traffic [3]
Year Passengers % Change
2006 589,674 Increase4.2%
2007 652,031 Increase10.6%
2008 630,385 Decrease3.3%
2009 548,498 Decrease13.0%
2010 526,823 Decrease4.0%
2011 565,291 Increase7.3%
2012 555,386 Decrease1.8%
2013 560,432 Increase0.9%
2014 597,637 Increase6.6%
2015 698,187 Increase16.8%
2016 738,475 Increase5.8%
2017 785,486 Increase6.4%

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 7 December 2009 - An Embraer ERJ 135 (registration:ZS-SJW) operated by Airlink on a scheduled flight (SA-8625) overrun the runway in wet conditions and ended up on a public road. There were no fatalities, but the plane suffered substantial damage.[4][5] The accident was caused by an incorrect sealant used on the runway, and the airline was cleared of all blame. Airlink's insurers took legal action against the state-owned Airports Company of South Africa.[6]

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