Cape Town airport has best month since lockdown - but still 40% down from 2019

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Shops and restaurants in the terminal building are now open to all travellers and non-travellers.
Shops and restaurants in the terminal building are now open to all travellers and non-travellers.

Since domestic air travel resumed in June 2020 following the hard lockdown, Cape Town International Airport has recorded its highest number of domestic passengers.

April 2021 saw domestic passenger volumes come in at 436 642, which is 61% of April 2019 volumes.

During April, the airport recorded 28 329 international passengers - 14% of April 2019 volumes.

In April 2020 there were no scheduled passengers, as only non-scheduled or repatriation flights took place. During that month there were only 83 of these domestic passengers, and 7 736 international passengers.

"The April holiday period was the city’s busiest since the hard lockdown, bringing a much-needed boost to the Western Cape economy. The increase in passenger numbers seen in April are very encouraging and early passenger statistics for May indicate even further growth in domestic passenger numbers for the month," said Mark Maclean, acting general Manager at CTIA, in a statement on Thursday.

"Cape Town still remains a choice destination for international and domestic visitors, however the international passenger volumes remain low due to the many travel restrictions and regulatory requirements currently placed on international travellers."

In addition to the seven domestic airlines, there are currently eight international carriers operating at the airport, with a further nine international carriers indicating a return to service at CTIA during 2021. Some of these even hope to resume international flights as early as 1 June 2021.

Shops and restaurants in the terminal building are now open to all travellers and non-travellers, subject to health and safety protocols.

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