Tourism figures up for the Cape
International and domestic air arrivals into the Western Cape are on a five-year high, according to the latest figures from the Cape Town International Airport.
Peak season, January and April, numbers have steadily increased since 2010 and more people are choosing the Western Cape for leisure and business, says Alan Winde, Minister or Economic Opportunities. Wilde added: “Looking at the passenger numbers for the first quarter, international arrivals have increased by 6% year-on-year and domestic arrivals rose by 5%.”
Cape Town International Airport saw a 3,5% increase in overall passenger numbers, growing to 8 626 167 arrivals in 2014, compared with the 8 334 117 arrivals seen in 2013.
Deborah Francis, Acting Communications Manager, said: “We have seen an increase in flight frequencies on the domestic and international fronts. Cemair started its Plettenberg route early in the year… Condor Airways introduced an extra flight… and the biggest positive was Qatar Airways; which started operating five weekly directs flights to Cape Town at the beginning of November.”
Air access is central to growing the tourism sector, with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism forming a partnership with Wesgro, the City of Cape Town and Airports Company South Africa to develop an air access strategy Winde added “The aim of the air access strategy is to create more direct links between our destination and others, helping tourists to get here more easily. We are focusing on routes into the United States of America and Africa, both of which are growing markets for us.”