SA’s airline passenger numbers increased by just more than 3% in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the corresponding period in 2016, according to statistics produced by the Airports Company SA’s (Acsa’s) Aviation Barometer. It said on Monday that 11-million passengers were processed by Acsa’s airports over the quarter under review, which was an increase of 321,000 over the fourth quarter of 2016. It noted extraordinary growth in international passengers at Cape Town International Airport, where international arrivals rose 13.85% and international departures grew 15.69%. Aviation Barometer is a quarterly review of South African air travel statistics. It compiles arrival and departure numbers from the nine Acsa airports in SA. Kruger Mpumalanga International and Lanseria airports are the only major airports not operated by Acsa. The numbers are a fair reflection of air travel in SA, says aviation insider Linden Birns. The International Air Transport Association reported in Dece...

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