South African airports have been deep-cleaned and sanitised and are ready to reopen now that President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that business travel can resume.

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Cape Town International. Photo: Wesgro.

Ramaphosa said last night that under Level 3 of the lockdown, to start on 1 June, business travel would be allowed on dates to be announced.

Airports Company South Africa, which runs the country’s airports, welcomed the announcement but added it was not in a position to provide specific information about which airports would open, when and under what conditions. ACSA¬†said that it had been using the lockdown to clean the airports.

ACSA said it had also undertaken considerable work in developing plans and protocols through engagements with the International Civil Aviation Organization, Airport Council International and IATA. “Once we have received the regulations and directives, we look forward to sharing with passengers the new normal for airport operations.”