The four SA airports experiencing the most growth might surprise you

2019-05-08 21:53
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"This is the famous Big Hole that provided access to the Kimberley Diamond mine, The water is 40m deep and the wall is 175m deep and other than that its just another hole in the ground but the morning light made it more interesting to me"

South African airports are making us proud as they are achieving more and more accolades on the African continent, especially considering some impressive wins at last year's Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards.

But which airports are the fastest growers in terms of business travel?

Within South Africa, Flight Centre Business Travel reported that although Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban continue to be the most popular air travel routes, the three fastest growing domestic airports in 2018 were in fact George (with a 70% growth year on year), followed by Kimberley (36%) and Lanseria (31%). 

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The phenomenal growth George experienced in 2018 as a business destination might come as a surprise, but this Garden Route town was in fact hailed as one of the Western Cape cities offering the highest quality of life, beating Cape Town. 

“George has become increasingly popular as a business and investment destination thanks to its ideal location and low crime rate,” says Andrew Grunewald, FCBT Team Leader. 

The Northern Cape and Kimberley remain an important business destination thanks to its mining and agriculture sectors. The area is also growing as a result of its renewable energy initiatives with a great number of solar plants developed over the past few years. 

Kimberley Airport and Upington International Airport are currently considered the best airports in Africa by size and region - i.e. in the under 2 million passengers category. 

Lanseria is steadily gaining ground as the third fastest growing domestic airport. This growth is not likely to slow down as the airport has announced it is aiming to double its passenger numbers to more than 4 million within the next six years. 

“With air travel growing at an impressive rate around the world, the popularity and growth of air routes is in constant flux,” says Grunewald. 

Anyone's game, basically. No matter how small, they all come to play. 

And internationally? 

According to data revealed by FCBT, the fastest growing international business destinations for South African travellers in 2018 were London, Lagos and Mauritius. 

London saw a spectacular year-on-year growth of 47%, while Lagos and Mauritius reported year-on-year increases in numbers of respectively 35% and 34%. In fourth and fifth place are Harare and Dubai: traffic to Harare from South Africa increased by 24% and flights to Dubai were up 17%.

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