The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released new data showing that the air transport sector in South Africa provides immense value to the people and economy of the country supporting some 490,000 jobs including tourism-related employment and contributing US$12 billion or 3.5% to the country’s GDP.
These findings are among the highlights of ‘The Importance of Air Transport to South Africa’ study conducted by Oxford Economics on behalf of IATA.
“The study confirms the vital role of air transport in facilitating over US$110 billion in exports, some US$140 billion in foreign direct investment and around US$9.2 billion in inbound leisure and business tourism for South Africa. With the country now in a recession it’s time to re-double efforts to promote South Africa as a destination for business, trade and tourism,” said Muhammad Ali Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice President for the Middle East & Africa, who is making his first visit to Africa in his new capacity.
Infrastructure, Ease of Travel and Cost Competitiveness Are Vital:
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Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport is the
busiest in terms of passengers with over 18.5 million travellers passing through the airport in 2014.
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ir transport is crucial to
economic growth. It promotes skills develop
ment and is a catalyst for jobs. We urge the South African Government to remove any impediments, including unnecessary red-tape and policies that hinder
air connectivity and the
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s government, the
Civil Aviation Authority,
Airports Company South Africa, Air Traffic Navigation Services
IATA member airlines in the country and
Airlines’ Association of Southern Africa