Fireblade Aviation has processed its first international flights at its namesake terminal at Tambo International Airport, South Africa. The milestone marks the culmination of years of work to adhere to a rigorous approvals process.
International arrivals are handled at the Fireblade terminal through a sterile customs and immigration facility adjacent to the business lounge, designed by and under the strict control of government officials. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA), the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) were among the officials on-site to provide the required government clearance for the incoming international flights.
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.”
A spokesperson for Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) added, “There are several benefits to having fully operational international border control capabilities at Fireblade. Our main terminal at OR 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.”