In spite of tough market conditions as a result of poor economic performance,
the three months of November 2011 to January 2012 showed that 9,2 million
passengers, representing a 2,9 percent growth when compared to the same period a
year ago, were facilitated through Airports Company South Africa’s (ACSA’s)
countrywide network of airports.
Traffic was boosted noticeably over the summer period at Cape Town
International Airport due to additional international seasonal capacity and the
introduction of Velvet Sky’s flights. The airport recorded impressive increases
in international passenger travel over the previous year, with November’s
traffic growing by 12 percent, whist December and January each showed a 17
Expectations were high for King Shaka International
Airport to capitalise on the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) held from 28
November to 9 December 2011. During this period, the airport’s scheduled
domestic traffic increased by 7,1 percent with 10 380 additional visitors.
International traffic grew exceptionally by 105 percent, with an average flight
occupancy of 95 percent.
Although our busiest airport, O.R. Tambo International saw a modest 1,5
percent growth during the three comparing months. Statistics confirm that the
hub remains southern Africa’s gateway with an average of 1,6 million passengers
making their way through these gates on a monthly basis.
Overall traffic results showed that ACSA facilitated a total of 29,9 million
arriving and departing passengers between April 2011 and January 2012, an
increase of 2,6 percent over the previous corresponding period. If peak figures
for the 2010 FIFA World Cup were removed, normalised growth for the period
ending in January 2012 could be as high as 5,6 percent.
Of the 29,9 million passengers, domestic traffic grew by 3,1 percent to 20,8
million travellers (70 percent of the total market), whilst consolidated
international and regional traffic showed a 2,7 percent growth to 8,9 million
passengers (30 percent of the total market).
These are encouraging indications of an improvement in air travel numbers and
it is hoped that growth will be maintained through 2012.
For enquiries, contact:
Group Manager: Communications
Airports Company South
Tel: 082 781 8863 or 011 723