GET­TING THERE

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Cape Town is one of the south­ern-most ma­jor cities on the globe, so for we denizens of the North­ern Hemi­sphere it can ap­pear de­cep­tively in­ac­ces­si­ble. But be­cause of its sta­tus as both a top busi­ness des­ti­na­tion and Africa’s most pop­u­lar tourist town, it ac­tu­ally en­joys a thriv­ing air ser­vice.

Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port (CPT) is lo­cated just 12 miles from the city cen­ter and is the coun­try’s sec­ond busiest air­port af­ter Jo­han­nes­burg and the third busiest in Africa. In 2012, Air­ports Com­pany South Africa, the air­port’s op­er­a­tor, re­ported that the air­port han­dled 8.6 mil­lion pas­sen­gers, a 4.6 per­cent in­crease over the pre­vi­ous year. Ac­cord­ing to Flights­tats (flights­tats.com) the air­port en­joys an 88 per­cent over­all ontime per­for­mance record.

CPT’s sched­ule in­cludes do­mes­tic ser­vice to ev­ery ma­jor city in South Africa, in­clud­ing fre­quent ser­vice to Jo­han­nes­burg and Dur­ban, and di­rect flights to far-flung in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions such as Lon­don, Paris, Am­s­ter­dam, Dubai. Other long-haul ser­vices to North Amer­ica and Asia con­nect through the South African Air­ways hub in Jo­han­nes­burg. The JNB – CPT route car­ried 4.5 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2011, mak­ing it the ninth busiest city pair in the world.

Thanks to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa is now eas­ier to get to and work in than ever be­fore. Since 2004, the coun­try has in­vested $1.8 bil­lion in road work, air­port up­grades and high­way ex­pan­sions, and an ad­di­tional $40 mil­lion in telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions im­prove­ments. A ma­jor ben­e­fi­ciary of all the in­vest­ment was Cape Town In­ter­na­tional. The split-level Cen­tral Ter­mi­nal Build­ing has de­par­tures lo­cated on up­per floors and ar­rivals in lower floors.

The Trans­port Plaza and Car Rental Fa­cil­ity is lo­cated in front of the Cen­tral Ter­mi­nal where buses, taxis and cars are avail­able. Both the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional de­par­ture ar­eas fea­ture a Pre­mier Lounge, avail­able at a fee to any pas­sen­ger re­gard­less of air­line or ticket class.

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