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Thu 18 December 2014

The airport’s peak season is in full swing as visitors’ stream into the City. All indications are that passenger numbers for the month of December are set to soar. To date, both the months of October and November have seen a rise in Domestic as well as International travel.

During the month of November Domestic arrivals grew by 4% to nearly 300 000 compared to the same period last year while International arrivals grew by 3% compared to the same period. Passenger numbers for the month of October showed a similar trend with Domestic arrivals growing by 7% and International arrivals growing by 10% when compared to last year. 

The airport processed close to 400 000 arriving passengers for the month of November marking a 4% increase compared to the same period last year.

If we consider that both October and November has shown positive growth it is highly likely that the trend will continue during the month of December with March typically being the busiest month of the season”, says Deidre Davids, Manager: Communications and Brand at Cape Town International Airport. “Both October and November have been the busiest months to date.  For the month of November we processed just over 771 000 passengers and nearly 780 000 passengers in October in total”, added Davids.

With business travel grinding to a halt, it is clear that most travellers passing through the airport are leisure travellers, whether they are arriving and departing.  The seasonal carries continue to play a critical role in connecting the Mother City directly to various International destinations.  Airlines like Lufthansa and Condor connects Cape Town directly to Germany via Munich and Frankfurt respectively while Edelweiss connects the City directly to Switzerland. “This ease of connectivity remains key in order to ensure that Cape Town remains a competitive destination. The easier it is for visitors to travel to our City, the more likely they are to come. This is why the role that the entire tourism and hospitality value chain has to play is so important – in order to make sure that Cape Town remains competitive we must continue to be a value destination”, remarked Davids.

Davids has the following tips, if you’re travelling in the next number of weeks:
•         Arrive on time: There is nothing worse than rushing through the airport worried that you might miss your flight. With the airport being as busy as it is, make sure that you give yourself sufficient time to go through all of the processes. Allow for an hour and half for Domestic travel and two and a half hours for International travel.

•         Keep your documentation on hand: have all of your travel documentation ready at the various screening points such as your passport, boarding pass, medical certificates and so forth.

•         Unattended bags: Do not leave your baggage unattended as this poses a security risk and can result in a terminal evacuation – major inconvenience to passengers.

•         Medical emergencies: Contact 021 937 1211 in the event of a medical emergency. There are 14 automatic defibrillators located throughout the terminal for use by qualified individuals.

•         Use of Porters: Use approved porters only. They can be identified by the black and orange uniform.

•         Security alert: Please report any suspicious behavior to the Police or to any airport official. Security is everyone’s responsibility.

For more information please contact:
Deidre Davids
Communications Manager
Telephone Number: +27 (0) 82 377 4521

Categories: Passengers