Cape Town International Named Africa’s Leading Airport


Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) has once again been named Africa’s Leading Airport for 2020 by the World Travel Awards. The airport has won the coveted title for the past four consecutive years.

The World Travel Awards held its Africa Winners Day virtually on 9th November, noting that, “Despite the incredible challenges faced by the travel industry over the course of 2020, this year’s World Travel Awards nomination programme reported record visitor traffic and engagement from public voters (the all-important tourism consumer). This shows that as the global recovery begins, the appetite for tourism has never been as keen and offers hope and much-needed encouragement to us all.”

“Cape Town International Airport is honoured to once again be awarded this respected industry award. There has never been a more crucial time for demonstrating excellence in travel as we look to rebuild our economy post the Covid-19 epidemic. This is why receiving the award for Africa’s Leading Airport again this year is so important to us – we intend to use every opportunity to showcase that travel is safe,” said Cape Town International Airport, Senior Manager: Corporate Affairs, Deidre Davids.

The World Travel Awards are the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought-after awards programme in the global travel and tourism industry which serve to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Categories are nominated and voted for by travel and tourism professionals as well as consumers worldwide.

“Having been the proud recipients of the award for the last four consecutive years, we see it as both a recognition of our efforts to build on our past successes, as well as a challenge to ensure that we retain our award-winning airport status going forward,” said Davids.

We have over time seen a slow, but steady increase in passenger movement at the airport, with just over fifty arriving and departing flights a day. We are optimistic about the future of tourism in the Western Cape. Much work has been going on behind the scenes by entities such as Cape Town Tourism to ensure that Cape Town as a tourism destination remains front and centre in the minds of international tourists. The work by the Air Access team, led by Wesgro remains critical so seeing air connectivity improve, ” Davids added.

Cape Town International Airport is managed by the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and is the third-largest airport in Africa and global travellers continue to regard Cape Town as a destination of choice. Over the past few years, Cape Town International Airport has shown sustained growth in international passenger numbers and prior to the Covid-19 pandemic facilitated nearly 11 million passengers per annum.

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