Thu 16 February 2012
Airport passenger numbers continue to soar
In breaking news the airport reports that 2011 now records the highest number
of passengers processed to date. For the past four years 2007 has had the
highest record of passenger numbers but this has now been surpassed. With just
under 8.5 million passengers processed in 2011 it can be hailed the year of
regained growth. “In essence this means that while passenger numbers had started
to slowly but steadily grow we had not yet recorded as much growth as in 2007.
Now we have finally surpassed that and if the trend continues we are on track to
regain the growth of the past four years”, says Deidre Davids, Communications
Manager, Airports Company South Africa: Cape Town International Airport.
In addition the month of January has seen passenger numbers at Cape Town
International Airport continue to climb in line with the trend of the past three
months. January saw International arriving passenger numbers grow by a
remarkable 15% compared to January 2011. Arriving passenger numbers for December
were as impressive when it showcased a growth of 17% compared to the same period
in the previous year while November had marked an increase of 14% for that
“The International passenger numbers are extremely impressive and confirm
that November marks the beginning of the peak season with the months that follow
all showing good growth”, added Davids.
On the Domestic front Domestic arriving passengers grew by 4% for January
compared to January last year with Domestic departures having grown by 7% for
the same period. Total passenger numbers for January marked a healthy 8% growth
compared to January last year. “With this steady growth the airport has been
continuously busy with January 5th peaking at just over 28 000 passengers moving
through the terminal for the day! The team has been doing a sterling job given
the large numbers of passengers moving through the terminal”, concluded
Domestic passengers are reminded to arrive an hour and a half before their
flight and International passengers are reminded to arrive two and a half hours
before their flight. “Passengers should also consider on-line check-in which
greatly reduces their waiting time at the airport” recommended Davids.
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