Cape Town International sees increase in flights

Posted by Leila Stein on 10 December 2020

The pandemic and lockdown put a severe strain on airports and airlines across the world. Cape Town International Airport has been slowly seeing an increase in flights as airlines restart and passengers feel more comfortable making trips.

The airport has doubled the number of flights from 364 a week in September to 770 a week, according to Cape Town mayoral committee member for economic opportunities and asset management, James Vos.

Cape Town International sees increase in flights

‘I am very pleased that they are now welcoming 110 flights per day while adhering to strict COVID-19 protocols,’ he said in a statement.

‘Connecting Cape Town to more cities and countries creates more jobs through tourism and also provides trade opportunities to export more proudly Cape Town products to the rest of the world.’

This marked improvement can be somewhat attributed to more airlines beginning regular flights from Cape Town to major cities in the country.

Initially, FlySafair and Mango were the first to start up limited flights, with Kulula kicking off at the beginning of December. British Airways has also recently started up again as well. South Africa’s newest airline, Lift, also just took its inaugural flight between the Mother City and Johannesburg.

‘We have seen a steady increase in passenger movement, which is a good sign. We are committed to playing our part in making sure that people safely navigate the airport,’ said Cape Town International Airport general manager Deon Cloete.

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