The festive season is giving the travel and tourism sector time to bounce back, post the hard lockdown, but Lanseria International Airport CEO, Rampa Rammopo says it will take more than two years to recover. Courtesy of #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - It's been a turbulent year for air travel as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.
With global lockdowns, air traffic coming through Lanseria International Airport in Gauteng has been significantly impacted.
The private facility has seen a drastic decrease in travellers.
Last year about 2,5-million people came through the airport. This year, Lanseria would be happy for half that number.
In March this year, the Lanseria International Airport had about 10 travellers coming through its doors on a daily basis.
The figure has slowly grown throughout the months leading up to the festive season, but it's nowhere near last year December's figure of about 255,000 passengers.
This November saw roughly 27,000 departures and almost 26,300 arrivals.
The CEO of the airport, Rampa Rammopo says they are expecting about 10 percent of their usual traffic volumes.
There's also only one airline operating from Lanseria compared to three in previous years.