Cape Town - In the month of November total arrivals at Cape Town International Airport grew by 13% compared to 2014's 5% growth.
The airport has seen passenger numbers increase by 8.24% year on year comparing 2015 and 2014.
November saw a total of 429 464 arriving passengers processed through the airport, compared to 2014's 381 563. Domestic arrivals have grown by 14% and International arrivals by 7%.
Domestic arrivals in October grew by 9% and international by 17.6% compared to last year's figures.
“This growth is set to continue as we approach the summer months of January through to March," said Airports Company South Africa spokesperson for CTIA, Deidre Davids.
"If this growth continues all indications are that the airport will pass the 9.5 million passenger mark, in fact it is highly likely that by next year this time we will have passed the 10 million passenger mark – a very big deal for a City such as ours where we continue to struggle with being seen as a seasonal destination,” said Davids.
According to Davids, the spike in growth is due in part to South African aviation being joined by FlyAfrica, which has been operating the Cape Town / Namibia route since 3 November 2015.
On the domestic front, the airport welcomed Fly Blue Crane, operating a flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg in the month of December, responding to the peak season demand.
“The peak season is in full swing as the visitors’ stream into the Mother’s City. Our seasonal international airlines such as Condor, Edelweiss, Air France, Virgin Atlantic and Lufthansa returned in October and we also have Ethiopian Airlines which flies between Cape Town and Addis Ababa," said Davids.
While numbers continue to rise, airport security continues to make safety the number one factor during the busy period.
Airport users and passengers should report suspicious activity and suspicious looking individuals, packages or unattended bags to SAPS, airport security as well as airport staff immediately.
Jokes and false alarms are taken extremely seriously.
"Any individual who makes such statements at the airport will be arrested and charged under the Civil Aviation Act.”
In the new year, airport users and travellers can look forward to an improved Domestic Arrivals Terminal with an express route, a project that is awaiting regulatory approval along with the realignment of its runway.
Travel tips for airport users and travellers.
Airport users are warned not to say anything which could be deemed as a threat. The Aviation Security takes nay threats seriously and the airport is no place to trivialise life and death situations.
Arrive early for Check-in
Arrive early and make use of the online check-in services airlines provide and arrive
Plan to arrive one and a half hours before Domestic flights and two and a half hours before international flights.
Check-in your bags and never leave luggage unattended.
Cape Town International airport warns to please report any unattended baggage to the nearest airport representative or SAPS.
Lost or damaged luggage
Report all lost, stolen and damaged luggage before leaving the airport.
For medical emergencies, call 021 937 1211. The airport has 14 automatic external defibrillators to be utilised by qualified individuals ONLY should a passenger require resuscitation.
Use approved porters only. Airport porters can be identified by their black and orange uniform with numbering on the back.
If you are collecting friends or family members use the 30-minute free parking offering on the ground floor of Parkade 1 but don’t overshoot those 30 minutes as steep penalties apply. If you are away for more than 5 days make use of the long stay parking facility in P5.