Cape Town Air Access (CTAA) and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMI Airport) have announced the signing of a cooperation agreement, which will see CTAA assist KMI Airport in developing its’ air route network while promoting the airport to an international market. The official announcement was made during the AviaDev Africa 2019 conference in Cape Town.
The agreement has been signed for a two-year period (from April 2019 until April 2021) and is set to improve connectivity between Cape Town and Nelspruit, growing tourism between the regions, and improving accessibility into Mbombela, the capital city of Mpumalanga.
“According to data from OAG, KMI Airport saw a 1% increase in passenger traffic in 2018 with a total 284 202 passengers travelling through the airport, and 60 000 passengers flying between Cape Town and KMI Airport annually. With the assistance of Cape Town Air Access, we believe we can further grow the potential that South Africa and Mpumalanga has to offer, both to locals as well as international business and tourism visitors” says Marius Nel, CEO of KMI Airport.
Growing air connectivity into the Western Cape
CEO of Wesgro, Tim Harris adds: “As we continue to grow air connectivity into the Western Cape, we want to share the spirit of collaboration that is embodied in the CTAA project which has proved to be the foundation for success in the region. Using a similar model with other regions within South Africa will not only contribute growth to their region but will also enhance our offering.
“Our partnership with KMI Airport provides, for example, the opportunity to package a popular ‘Cape Town to Kruger National Park (via the Garden Route)’ itinerary which is an attractive proposition for international visitors.
“With CTAA currently advising the Nelson Mandela Bay Chamber of Commerce on route development and network improvement to Port Elizabeth, the cooperation agreement allows for tourism entities to work together and provide visitors with a rich offering.”
With Airlink recently adding capacity on the Cape Town – Nelspruit route, the improvement in connectivity has shown an early start.