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“There are too many international airports in the country” says Home Affairs

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“There are too many international airports in the country” says Home Affairs
Members may have heard the news that Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has hinted that government may downscale on the number of international airports in the country. The main reason for the downscale will be to deploy resources, personnel and staff to other international points of entry. But the latest stats tell us that this may not be the right way for Home Affairs to go about saving costs.

A case in point will be Upington International airport, which saw a year-on-year (YOY) increase of 235% from 09 – 14 December alone. Other small international airports to see big increases within the same period are:

International Airport YOY increase (09 – 14 December)
Pilansberg International Airport 68%
Waterkloof Military Base 41%
The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport 23%

 

  • How do you feel about the possible downscale? Will it have a negative effect on traveler numbers to our smaller towns?  

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