Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), had 2.6 million passengers last year, way os a 9.6 percent growth from 2017. This was despite the drought and other problems experienced by the region, the City of Cape Town said on Sunday.
This growth came from long-haul carriers from outside the Southern African region.
Overall passenger numbers grew from 10,693,063 in 2017 to 10,777,524 in 2018, equating to an increase of 84,000 additional passengers passing through the airport – a growth rate of 0.8 percent.
There was a slight decline of 1.4 percent in domestic passengers for the year. In the month of December 2018, international passenger numbers grew by 3.7 percent, while domestic passenger numbers declined by 0.8 percent, year-on-year, he said.
These numbers included all traffic through the domestic and international terminals (arrivals and departures), and may include repeat travelers throughout the year.
According to Wesgro CEO Tim Harris said, the Cape Town Air Access initiative, a partnership between the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape government, Airports Company South Africa, Wesgro, Cape Town Tourism, South African Tourism, and the private sector has helped land 13 new routes to Cape Town International Airport, adding over 1.5 million two-way seats to our destination. This has resulted in a R6 billion boost to the economy, as more tourists come to spend money in our city and province, and more cargo is traded through our airport.