2016 was record breaking regarding the numbers of international and domestic travellers in South Africa. The average growth of passenger numbers was 5.3 % in comparison to 2015.
The indicators in the recent past were obvious and well recognized by the Media, e.g.
The South African daily TOURISM UPDATE, which already reported a high number of foreign visitors in 2016.
To handle the rising numbers of passengers, an increased capacity plan for the festive period during Christmas and New Year was announced by the Department of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in December 2016.