Ar­rivals soar in spite of drought

Cape Times - - METRO - Agency African News

MORE than 2 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers were recorded by Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port (CTIA), de­spite the drought, says the City.

The 2.6 mil­lion peo­ple rep­re­sented a 9.6% growth from 2017. “This growth came from long-haul car­ri­ers from out­side the south­ern African re­gion and the uptick bodes well for the lo­cal econ­omy,” said may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and as­set man­age­ment James Vos.

Over­all pas­sen­ger num­bers grew from 10 693 063 in 2017 to 10 777 524 last year, equat­ing to an in­crease of 84 000 ad­di­tional pas­sen­gers pass­ing through the air­port – a growth rate of 0.8%.

There was a slight de­cline of 1.4% in do­mes­tic pas­sen­gers for the year.

In De­cem­ber 2018, in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­ger num­bers grew by 3.7%, while do­mes­tic pas­sen­ger num­bers de­clined by 0.8% year-on-year.

These num­bers in­cluded all traf­fic via do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nals (ar­rivals and de­par­tures), and may in­clude re­peat trav­ellers through­out the year. “The City of Cape Town is de­lighted at the growth in in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­ger num­bers for 2018. The busy peak sea­son and tourism growth is en­cour­ag­ing in terms of sus­tain­abil­ity, amid a tough time for tourism. More vis­i­tors mean in­creased ben­e­fits for the city and res­i­dents,” he said. |

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