The stats say it all – Cape Town is becoming even cooler for international and local visitors with air arrivals into the Western Cape on a five-year high. Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities, says according to the latest figures from Cape Town International Airport, international and domestic arrivals over the traditional peak season between January and April had increased steadily since 2010. “Looking at the passenger numbers for the first quarter, international arrivals have increased by 6% year on year and domestic arrivals rose by 5%. More people are choosing to visit the Western Cape for leisure and business.”
“Our” airport saw a significant increase in passenger movement last year; the overall numbers have grown by almost 300 000 to 8.62 million. Says Winde: “It is estimated that for every 10 tourists, one job is created, underscoring the extreme importance of this sector for our economy and our people.” According to Deborah Francis, acting Communications Manager: Cape Town International Airport, one of the main contributors to this growth is the arrival of Qatar Airways which started operating 5 weekly directs flights to Cape Town. “The seasonal carriers are also countering the historical seasonality challenges faced by Cape Town by extending the season by two weeks at each end”, added Francis.