Arrivals at SA’s airports up marginally in first quarter

South African airports saw an overall increase in arrivals in the first quarter of 2017
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Overall growth in passenger numbers in the first quarter of 2017 was subdued‚ with SA airports seeing an overall increase in arrivals of 0.8%‚ the Airports Company of SA (Acsa) said on Tuesday.

Domestic arrivals decreased 1.03%‚ and international arrivals rose 5.6%‚ allowing overall passenger figures to remain in a positive territory‚ according to Acsa’s quarterly aviation barometer.

The barometer‚ which gauges traffic at SA airports‚ is intended to inform longer-term planning based on demand for routes‚ including for the tourism and hospitality industries.

Cape Town International Airport was again the standout performer‚ with international arrivals increasing 24.9% year-on-year‚ or by 64‚000 passengers.

Durban’s King Shaka International Airport saw an 8.1% increase or 3‚200 passengers‚

OR Tambo International airport experienced a 4% growth‚ while overall regional travel numbers remained flat‚ with arrivals decreasing 0.03%‚ Acsa said.

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