Pietermaritzburg Airport

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Pietermaritzburg Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorMsunduzi Local Municipality
LocationPietermaritzburg, South Africa
Elevation AMSL2,423 ft / 739 m
Coordinates29°38′48″S 30°23′54″E / 29.64667°S 30.39833°E / -29.64667; 30.39833
PZB is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Location of Airport in KwaZulu-Natal
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 5,043 1,537 Asphalt

Pietermaritzburg Airport (IATA: PZB, ICAO: FAPM) is the primary airport serving the city of Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas, including the Midlands and the outer west suburbs of Durban. Pietermaritzburg Airport is the only airport in the greater Pietermaritzburg area that offers scheduled passenger services. In 2013 the terminal building and apron were upgraded.[1]

Scheduled services[edit]

View of an Airlink aircraft from the arrivals area
Airlink Johannesburg
Federal Air Durban-Virginia, Ulundi

Aeronautical information[edit]

Navigational aids[edit]

Type Identification Frequency
NDB ORI 422.5
NDB PU 407
NDB PZ 257
VOR PMV 117.9


Communication Frequency 122.0 MHz


The airport has Pilot Controlled night landing facilities. The lights are normally off and are switched on for a period of 15 minutes when Aircrew transmit 5 or 7 clicks in rapid succession on the communication frequency, depending on the intensity required (30% or 100%). Cloud break procedures are authorised onto runways 16 and 34, the procedures are fairly complicated due to the hilly terrain surrounding the airport.

Other activities at the airfield[edit]

  • There is an Aero-club on the airfield (Called "Pitermartizburg Aero" Club).[2]

Traffic statistics[edit]

Pietermaritzburg Airport passenger terminal viewed from the car park
Annual passenger traffic for Pietermaritzburg Airport[3]
Year Passengers % Change
2010 59,199 Decrease2.0%
2011 95,875 Increase62.0%
2012 102,688 Increase7.1%
2013 109,897 Increase7.0%
2014 125,836 Increase14.5%
2015 129,848 Increase3.2%

Nearby tourist attractions[edit]


  1. ^ "PMB airport gets makeover – SA News". Archived from the original on 7 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Welcome – Pietermaritzburg Aero Club".
  3. ^ http://www.msunduziinvestmentconference.co.za/download/documents/PMB%20Investment%202015.pptx