FIREBLADE AVIATION WELCOMES FIRST INT’L FLIGHTS WITH SOUTH AFRICA BOUND TOURISTS
Fireblade Aviation recently processed its first international flights at the Fireblade terminal at O. R. Tambo International Airport. The seven‐star facility successfully handled international tourists arriving in South Africa. This marks the culmination of years of effort following a rigorous approval process and is a significant milestone for Fireblade, the South African aviation sector and South Africa’s high‐end tourism industry.
Amongst other officials, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) were on‐site at the Fireblade terminal to provide the required government clearance for the international flights. The handling of these arrivals at the Fireblade terminal is done through a sterile customs and immigration facility adjacent to the business lounge, designed by and under the strict control of government officials.
Jonathan Oppenheimer, CEO of Fireblade Aviation, commented: “We are excited to service international movements, which will complement our current domestic aircraft movements and enable Fireblade Aviation to fulfil its intended potential. We encourage all privately‐owned and chartered aircraft to use the Fireblade terminal when flying to Johannesburg and South Africa.”
Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) stated: “There are several benefits to having fully operational international border control capabilities at Fireblade. Our main terminal at O.R. Tambo International will be freed up for additional capacity when commercial business aviation can use the Fireblade terminal.
Runway crossings will be reduced tremendously, which will both improve safety and reduce time for departing and arriving aircraft. There is also a genuine need for the premium services offered by Fireblade at the largest airport in Africa since the lack of these facilities currently affects our reputation and brand.”
As is the case with many Fixed‐based operation facility (FBO) terminals across the world, the provision of this world class service by Fireblade demonstrates that collaboration between public and private sectors can bring significant benefits to South Africa, especially within the tourism sector.