Cape Town International airport will undergo a R7-billion airport upgrade over the next five years.
Mayco committee member for Economic opportunities and asset management, James Vos revealed this, while delivering a speech at FEDHASA Networking Event.
According to Vos a Draft Tourism Development Framework would be made available for public comment soon.
Plans for the upgrade include a new realigned runway, refurbishment of the Domestic Arrivals Terminal and expansion of the International Terminal.
The runway alone will use up R3.93-billion of the budget investment, once realigned the runway will allow for future terminal expansion and increase the number of aircrafts landing per hour and departures from 30 to 45 aircraft movement.
Cape Town airport will also be able to handle the New Generation Large aircrafts such as the Boeing 747-800 or A380.
Moreover, Vos explained how the Air Access initiative has contributed to landing 13 new routes and expanded on 18 routes since 2015.
Vos said the initiative doubled the international seat capacity to 1.5 million and grew international passenger numbers by 20% in 2017.
Vos also made mention of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s roll-out plans for e-Visas which he said will make it easier for visitors to apply for South African visas and visit our city and bring more tourism opportunities.