Western Cape cargo volumes reach 85%, recovers from Covid-19


Following an announcement that the Cape Town International Airport has scooped the best airport in Africa last week, the Western Cape government has seen a rapid rise in cargo volumes.

According to the City of Cape Town’s Economic Growth Mayoral Committee official, James Vos, there has been massive growth in terms of cargo volumes while the city recovers from the devastating Coronavirus pandemic.

Vos says they are working around the clock to ensure the recovery from the ravaging covid-19 pandemic is improved.

He also explained that the y are engaging with the management of the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on the expansion of Cape Town International Airport’s capabilities.

“We are hard at work on recovery plans for the aviation sector, including rebuilding confidence in air travel and the expansion of air cargo, together with our strategic business partners,” said Vos according to EWN.

“By boosting direct flights and expanding current routes we create more efficient connections between the city and our key source markets.

“To handle more planes and cargo which is crucial for travel and trade opportunities, because much of these exports are happening through airports and by air.”

It is now reported that the top three international cargo markets for the region are Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom

Meanwhile, the province’s airport bagged the accolade as it was rated by Skytrax World Airport Awards for the seventh year in a row.

The results of the latest survey, conducted between September 2021 and May 2022, were announced on Thursday last week.

“This award is what brings global attention and gives airlines confidence in flying to the Mother City,” said Vos.

“It is also a show of economic readiness as a city because connecting Cape Town to more cities and countries means that we can welcome more visitors and create more jobs through tourism and provide trade opportunities to increase export of proudly Cape products to the rest of the world.”

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