New interns have been placed across at the Cape Town International Airport to ensure that the growing number of passengers who use their services feel supported in their travel anticipation during the bumper summer tourism season.
The 42 interns include those who will work in the fields of security, immigration, check-in counters, the apron office, and at help desks and information kiosks. The award-winning airport has recently reached the threshold of 7 million visitors from January to November 2022, which includes 1.62 million international and 5.39 million domestic two-way passengers.
“The aim is to ensure smooth operations at the airport and be able to deal with operational challenge that may arise, resolving them as quickly as possible.” said Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger.
The Minister visited the Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) on Tuesday, to meet the interns placed, supported by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT), with the aim to assist with the ensuring it runs as smoothly as possible during what is expected to be a bumper summer tourism season.
The tourism recovery data reports that Cape Town International Airport, George Airport, as well as the many attractions across the province, have been showing upward trends are continuing to rise. According to key statistics from the monthly tourism report, compiled by Western Cape’s official destination marketing organisation:
Domestic two-way passengers through CTIA between January and November 2022 reached 5.39 million and have recovered to 71% of 2019 figures. International two-way passengers through CTIA reached 1.63 million between January and November 2022 and recovered to 70% against the same period in 2019.
Between January and October 2022, UK ranked as the top source market to Cape Town (via air), followed by Germany, USA, Netherlands, and France. Amongst the top 10 source markets, 8 out of the 10 markets to Cape Town recovered at a higher rate when compared to the national recovery rate for South Africa.
Footfall to 20 participating attractions across the five regions of the Western Cape recorded a total of 456,025 visitors in November 2022, a 127% growth in the number of visitors when compared to the same month last year and 71% of what it was in November 2019.
The top 5 highest year-on-year growth rates in November 2022 were recorded for Robben Island (216%), Table Mountain National Park: Cape of Good Hope (167%), Table Mountain Ariel Cableway (146%), Table Mountain National Park: Boulders (145%) and Cango Caves (139%).
The tourism and hospitality sector, which was hit hard by the pandemic, is an important part of the Western Cape’s economy.
Minister Wenger emphasized that focus should be in ensuring that passengers experience efficient service that is key in keeping them coming back to the Mother City of the Western Cape Province at large.
“We have come a long way from the end of the pandemic and are now at a point where we are expecting a very impressive summer season with 191 international flights coming into Cape Town each week from the start of next year, representing a total of 1.56 million two-way seats. We will continue to work with all our stakeholders, across the tourism and hospitality sector to remove obstacles they face so that the sector can continue to grow from strength to strength, contributing to economic growth and job creation” the Minister said.