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AviaDev 2018. 4 key reasons why we are coming to Cape Town.

AviaDev Africa 2018 will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, between 12-14th June 2018.

Approach to attracting airlines and stakeholder engagement

Cape Town is the ultimate African success story when it comes to attracting and retaining airlines.

Cape Town has taken a proactive approach to route development by creating the Cape Town Air Access Committee in 2015. This committee comprises WESGRO, ACSA (Airports Company South Africa), Western Cape Government, City of Cape Town, Cape Town Tourism, South African Tourism and selected private sector partners. The project managers are dedicated to attracted and retaining airlines.

2. Connectivity

Cape Town currently serves 36 destinations. 16 domestic, 9 within Africa, 9 in Europe and 2 in the Middle East. The City is an iconic global destination and in the past year, Cape Town has gained 10 new routes and seen expansion of an additional 11 routes, resulting in a 25% increase in international passenger numbers for 2017.

3. Venue

Our venue for the conference, The Southern Sun Cape Sun, has a fantastic conference facility and is centrally located to amenities.

4. Engagement with AviaDev

I invited the Air Access committee to address the AviaDev 2017 conference in Kigali as an example of what can be achieved via collaboration. It is testament to the team that they were willing to share their story and experience with all attendees as they understand that a more connected Africa is in everyone's interest.


I strongly believe that a destination’s most important customer is the airlines that serve. However, too often this is seen as the airport’s job alone and there is a lack of support from wider stakeholders. In fact, at many Civil Aviation Authorities and Airport Authorities in Africa, there is no specific business unit or focus airline marketing and this is holding back growth.

AviaDev will equip airports and destinations with the skills required to market to airlines and also offer practical experience in this skill, by organising meetings between attending airlines, airports and destinations. Our ultimate aim of being an integral part of the route development process and being a catalyst for route expansion on the continent.

Cape Town’s success has been incredible and its main challenge now is to expand the infrastructure to cope with rising demand, something we will address at the event.

We are excited to be working with the Cape Town Air Access team in 2018 and supporting their drive to attract further air services.

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