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According to recent statistics, the Cape Town International Airport has contributed R4.7-billion to the South African economy. Of this, R2-billion went towards the income of South African workers, supporting 43 608 direct and indirect jobs.

To grow the aviation economy, the City provides funding to the Air Access initiative, which is mandated to expand current flight routes and secure new routes to boost tourism and trade. Since its launch in 2015, this initiative contributed to the success of securing 16 new routes, 22 route expansions and increased the international seat capacity to 1.5-million two-way seats.

The next exciting step is to grow Cape Town’s cargo footprint for export. Air cargo at CTIA is a growing sector that holds huge benefit for the residents of Cape Town and the locally produced goods market. This is evident from the most recent statistics which show that international cargo freight has grown by 52%.

Reliable and efficient airport infrastructure is the backbone of the travel and trade sector. The expansion of the CTIA, costing R7-billion over the next five years, will see the construction of a new realigned runway, the refurbishment of the domestic arrivals terminal and the expansion of the international terminal.

Original article compiled by Cape{town}ect

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