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10 Apr 2021
7:38 am

The danger of neglecting SA’s tourism lifeblood – air travel


The downgrading of airports means, in many cases, that travellers have to fly into a hub and then drive long distances.

Picture for illustration purposes. South African Airlink Jetstream 41. Picture: Flickr

  At a time when our tourism industry is on its knees, thanks to the local and global lockdowns, its recovery chances are now being hampered by the fact that our once-envied internal air network is shrinking. That decline in the number of smaller airports able to handle significant commercial flights – those ferrying tourists from our major hub airports to the areas in which our attractions are – is because many smaller airports are unwilling, or unable, to spend the money necessary to maintain stipulated safety standards and services. So, airlines are stopping scheduled flights. This week, Airlink was...