CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 14, 2022/APO Group/ —
The latest passenger arrivals figures from Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) are the clearest sign yet that the metro’s trade and travel-related industries, and the broader economy, are poised to return. to grow in 2022. According to airport data, Cape Town received 869,119 air passengers between October and December last year, representing a 58% recovery of 2019 volumes in the same period. Read more below:
These numbers were largely driven by domestic travellers, of whom 733,207 headed to Cape Town in the three-month period. For the last two weeks of December, the average number of daily passengers at Cape Town International Airport increased to 20,339 and flight movements increased to 184 per day.
The figures would certainly have been much higher had international governments not imposed travel restrictions on South Africa, and indeed, as many of them began to lift their bans, flight bookings began to rise, data from the Association shows. International Air Transport.
‘This latest information underscores the value of aviation for travel and commerce on the metro. Every air traveler who lands in Cape Town helps support our economy and creates more jobs,” said Councilor James Vos, a member of the Mayor’s Committee for Economic Growth.
In 2019, the airport alone helped funnel just under R14 billion to Cape Town and created more than 28,000 jobs. In fact, a 2017 International Air Transport Association report reported that the industry funneled around $9.4 billion into South Africa’s GDP.
‘As such, my officials and I have already had discussions with Wesgro to promote investment and export possibilities. I’m determined to get the ball rolling on this.
“In this plan, we will prioritize the Air Access initiative and programs focused on boosting Cape Town’s access to key source markets, which would allow more products made in the Mother City to be exported to the world,” said Councilor Vos.
Air Access, which is facilitated by Wesgro and receives funding from the City, is tasked with promoting, developing and maintaining domestic and international air routes to and from Cape Town International Airport.
Despite the country’s turbulent economy and several international crises, the initiative has helped boost passenger and cargo air traffic to Cape Town. Before the pandemic, Air Access helped establish 19 new routes and 23 route expansions and added 1.5 million passenger seats. International air cargo volumes through CTIA experienced a 10% compound annual growth rate between 2015 and 2019. In 2021, the initiative was instrumental in grounding flights from international destinations.
‘In addition, we will work with Wesgro to expand programs that will connect Cape Town with more export markets. Exporting more goods means more production, which means more jobs and a stronger economy. There is no time to lose. Let us take advantage of these opportunities that await Cape Town,’ said Councilor Vos.
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