Cape Town has landed 3 new airlines, 4 new destinations and 7 route expansions in just 14 months

2019-12-12 08:45 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town Air Access (CTAA) has been named the winner of the Routes Africa 2019 Awards in Mombasa, Kenya - thanks to their robust efforts to grow air traffic to South Africa. 

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Since its inception, Cape Town Air Access has assisted Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) in establishing 16 new routes and the expanding 22 existing routes. Over 750 000 inbound seats have been added to Cape Town’s network, doubling international seat capacity at the airport and contributing an estimated US$400 million in direct tourism spending to the economy.

Over the past fourteen months, CTAA landed 3 new airlines, 4 new destinations and 7 route expansions to the Mother City. This added 150 000 one-way seats to the network and contributed to a 9% growth in international passenger traffic and includes:

  • Return of United Airlines to Africa with a direct route to Newark/New York to commence on 15 December.

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  • Austrian Airlines from Vienna commenced on October 27

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  • Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong commenced on 13 November. 

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  • FlyWestair from Windhoek (Eros) via Oranjemund commenced on 7 October. 
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  • Airlink to St Helena Island to commence in December 2019

READ: #AfriTravel: Airlink adds flight to St Helena from Cape Town for next summer

Added to these, two African airlines resumed their service to Cape Town in 2019, including Air Botswana with flights to Gaborone, as well as SA Express adding flights to Walvis Bay from Cape Town. Five airlines expanded their frequencies to the Mother City, there were Qatar Airways, Austrian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Airlink, and RwandAir.

After also picking up the award for Destination Marketing at the event, which took place on Sunday, 9 December, Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro says, “We’re delighted by the recognition and acknowledgement from our colleagues in the aviation community. A major contributor of Cape Town Air Access’ strength lies in its collaborative nature, so we’d like to thank our partners in the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Government, Cape Town Tourism, South African Tourism, and ACSA, for their continuing support.” 

Cape Town International also cleans up

Additional categories in this year’s ceremony also included; airport serving 4-20 million passengers; a small airport with fewer than 4 million passengers and an airline serving the region (a brand new category for the Routes Africa Awards this year).

Cape Town International Airport was named the winner of the 4-20 million passengers category. Over the past few years Cape Town International Airport has showed sustained growth in international passenger numbers year-on-year and has some major expansion plans in the pipeline. 

READ: Self-service and passenger experience central to Cape Town International's R7bn futuristic upgrade 

In the under 4 million passenger category, Antanananarivo International Airport was crowned the winner, the airport is set to open a new terminal in the first quarter of 2020, which will generate nearly 1,000 direct and indirect jobs for the region. Having welcomed Ethiopian Airlines and Turkish Airlines, the airport also witnessed an 8% annual traffic growth.

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In the newly introduced airline category, Africa World Airlines was named the winner as the  carrier has seen an impressive 25% increase in traffic over the past year, with over 800,000 scheduled available departure seats in 2019. 

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