South Africa’s Hoedspruit Airport Plans to Fly International

South Africa's Hoedspruit Airport Plans to Fly International
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The Limpopo Provincial Government cited Hoedspruit Airport’s substantial annual passenger traffic as the driving force behind the decision to upgrade it to an international airport.

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Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport aims to obtain an international airport license and intends to start international flights following significant demand.

As per reports, Esmaralda Barnes, the Chief Operating Officer, disclosed that they are in preliminary talks with pertinent authorities to secure the international license.

Barnes acknowledged that the required procedures by relevant authorities might be time-consuming. However, citing the support from Limpopo Province and Maruleng’s Mayor, she expressed confidence in Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport (HDS) acquiring the international license. Barnes speculated that the license confirmation might happen by the end of 2024.

The Limpopo Provincial Government cited Hoedspruit Airport’s substantial annual passenger traffic as the driving force behind the decision to upgrade it to an international airport.

Before the impact of COVID-19, the airport welcomed over 71,000 passengers, with a significant majority—more than 75%—being international tourists mainly from Central Europe and Scandinavian countries, according to their statement.

Most international tourists arriving in South Africa initially land in Cape Town and then head to Hoedspruit Airport, the entry point to the Kruger Transfrontier Park and other attractions in the eastern part of the country.

The forthcoming international license for Hoedspruit Airport is expected to significantly benefit both the tourism and agricultural sectors, which form the cornerstone of Maruleng’s local economy and contribute significantly to the broader provincial economy.

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Binayak - based in Kathmandu - is an editor and author writing for eTurboNews.

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