South Africa: J’burg: sluggish start to 2008

Image: Nationwide plane
Nationwide Airlines and one of its beloved 737-200s over Table Mountain. Jo’burg’s domestic traffic has slowed dramatically recently due to the airline’s temporary grounding on now-resolved safety issues.

Logo: ACSA

South Africa’s busiest airport (O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg) reported traffic growth of 12% to 19.3 million passengers last year. Domestic traffic increased almost 14% to just over 11 million, while international traffic grew just over 10% to 7.5 million passengers. Regional traffic grew 11% to just over 700,000 passengers.

Chart: Domestic passengers at JNB
Source: ACSA

Domestic traffic growth slowed dramatically in Johannesburg (JNB) during the last three months with January traffic down 3% and February traffic only up thanks to the extra day. A key factor will have been the temporary grounding in early December of Nationwide Airlines, who had around a 10% share of the domestic market.

International growth remains buoyant

Image: Planes at Tambo International Airport
Growth in international passenger numbers at JNB which averaged over 10% in 2007 appears to have returned to around the 7% level in recent months.

Growth in international passenger numbers at JNB, which averaged over 10% in 2007, appears to have returned to around the 7% level in recent months. Again, the temporary grounding of Nationwide may have contributed to this slight reduction.

Chart: International passengers at JNB
Source: ACSA

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