Pietermaritzburg Airport

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Pietermaritzburg Airport


PZB is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Location of Airport in KwaZulu-Natal
Airport type Public
Serves Pietermaritzburg
Location Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Elevation AMSL 2,423 ft / 739 m
Coordinates 29°38′48″S 30°23′54″E / 29.64667°S 30.39833°E / -29.64667; 30.39833
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 5,043 1,537 Asphalt

Pietermaritzburg Airport (IATA: PZBICAO: FAPM) is an airport, formally known as ORIBI Airport, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The airport serves the city of Pietermaritzburg and surrounds as well as the outer west suburbs of Durban. In 2013 the terminal building and apron were upgraded. [1]

Scheduled services[edit]

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

Aeronautical Information[edit]

Navigational Aids [2][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 authorized 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.[3]

Traffic statistics[edit]

Pietermaritzburg Airport passenger terminal viewed from the car park
Annual passenger traffic for Pietermaritzburg Airport[4]
Year Passengers  % Change
2010 59,199 Decrease2.0%
2011 95,875 Increase62.0%
2012 102,688 Increase7.1%
2013 118,104 Increase15.0%
2014 125,832 Increase6.5%

Nearby Tourist Attractions[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.sanews.gov.za/south-africa/pmb-airport-gets-makeover
  2. ^ http://www.caa.co.za/
  3. ^ http://www.pmbaeroclub.co.za/index.php
  4. ^ http://www.msunduziinvestmentconference.co.za/download/documents/PMB%20Investment%202015.pptx