Cape Town Airport Sees 25% Year-on-Year Growth in Q3 2023

In Q3 2023, Cape Town Airport registered a 24.81% increase in passenger traffic compared to the same period in 2022. It handled 2,317,763 passengers in Q3 2023, compared to 1,857,008 in Q3 2022, representing a gain of 460,755. Despite the challenges of regaining pre-pandemic numbers, this growth is particularly impressive given the significant impact of the pandemic on air travel in South Africa.

Sustained Passenger Growth at Cape Town Airport - Q3 2023

South Africa's Cape Town Airport has been making continuous efforts to increase passenger volume. In Q3 2023, the airport saw a 24.81% increase in passenger volume compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

From Q3 2019 to Q3 2023, it has seen a general upward trend in passenger volume. In Q3 2019, the airport served 2,633,286 passengers. However, due to the global pandemic, the numbers dropped to 366,229 passengers in Q3 2020, marking a decrease of 86.09% from the same quarter of the previous year.

Despite this setback, the airport bounced back with a 152.06% increase in passenger volume in Q3 2021, serving 923,111 passengers. The upward trend continued in Q3 2022 with a 101.17% increase, serving 1,857,008 passengers.

Finally, in Q3 2023, the airport served 2,317,763 passengers. However, this figure is still lower than the pre-pandemic levels of Q3 2019, indicating that the airport has not yet fully recovered from the impacts of the pandemic.

Cape Town Airport Passenger Volume - Q3 2019 to Q3 2023

Its Q3 2023 passenger traffic data shows a promising recovery compared to the rest of the quarters. When comparing Q3 2023 to Q3 2019, the pre-pandemic quarter, the data indicates that the airport still needs to recover fully. Considering the impact of the global pandemic, this is a significant achievement. The airport served 2,317,763 passengers in Q3 2023, which is lower than the 2,633,286 passengers in Q3 2019.

While the airport has made considerable progress, some quarters remain a challenge. The most notable is Q3 2020, where the airport served only 366,229 passengers, marking an 86.09% decrease from the same quarter of the previous year. Despite this, the airport has shown resilience and determination, as evidenced by the steady increase in passenger volume in the subsequent quarters.

Passenger Traffic at Cape Town Airport - 2018 to 2022

In 2022, Cape Town Airport experienced a significant increase in passenger traffic, totaling 7,157,464 passengers. This figure represents a substantial increase of 64.49% compared to the previous year when the airport served 4,351,349 passengers.

The year 2022 marked a notable recovery for the airport, following reduced passenger numbers during the global pandemic. In 2020, the airport served only 3,385,116 passengers, a sharp decrease of 65.95% from the 9,941,809 passengers in 2019.

The increase in 2022 suggests a positive trend for the airport, indicating a potential return to pre-pandemic passenger numbers. The reasons for this increase could be multifaceted, including the easing of travel restrictions and the public’s growing confidence in air travel.

Flight Statistics at Cape Town Airport - September 2023

The passenger statistics at Cape Town Airport indicate a positive recovery from the challenges posed by the pandemic in September 2023. Notable airlines serving this airport include FlySafair, Airlink, Comair, Flexflight, and Lift.

The top country destinations from the airport include South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. These countries attract many passengers, indicating the diverse range of travel options available from Cape Town.

Regarding international destinations, the top passenger choices are Windhoek, Dubai, Harare, Doha, and Victoria Falls. These destinations offer business and leisure opportunities, attracting travelers worldwide.

For domestic travel, the top destinations include Johannesburg, Durban, Lanseria, Port Elizabeth, and East London. These cities are popular among business and leisure travelers, offering a range of attractions and economic opportunities.

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