Airport lifts economy

2018-10-03 06:00

The Kimberley Airport still prides itself on playing a significant role in the Northern Cape economy through the creation of 47 jobs in the 2016-’17 financial year .

The airport services at least 170 000 passengers, travelling mostly between the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Gauteng and the Cape Town International Airport, annually.

That was revealed during the media networking breakfast hosted by the airport on Wednesday, 26 September, to highlight the Airports Company of South Africa’s (ACSA) economic impact in the region.

The scheduled airlines are SA Airlink, SA Express and CemAir, with five car hiring companies.

Aircraft movements are reported to have decreased by 7% due to the increase in car rentals, including the pulling out of SA Express.

ACSA prides itself on having contributed R9,5 billion to South Africa’s economy, amounting to R9,5 billion of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which equates to approximately 0,3% of South Africa’s GDP.

The economic impact study shows that the Kimberley Airport’s total GDP indicates that R38 million was contributed, approximately 0,1% of the Northern Cape’s GDP.

Lebusa Mabolloane, who presented the report, said 127 jobs had been created, making income employment contribution R23 million.

“This figure comprises of 41 direct ACSA employees at the Kimberley Airport, excluding contractors, around 33 jobs as a result of supply chain spending and 53 supported through spending of ACSA Kimberley Airport employees and supply chain employees.

“The figure does not include enabled jobs such as those of restaurants and other retail outlets doing business within the airport.”

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