The province of extremes has once again made international news by winning the 2018 ACI ASQ Awards through the Airport Council International, the Industry which recognises the best airports in the world.
Kimberley Airport and Upington International Airport were voted the best airports in Africa by size and region, under the 2 million passengers’ category. The ASQ is the only international survey measuring passengers’ satisfaction while they are at the airport.
ASQ departures benchmarking compares airports performance against industry best practice through the use of key performance indicators to determine whether the airport is under or over performing, where improvements are required and where investments are most likely to deliver the biggest return.
According to MEC Mac Jack, responsible for the Department of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, the awards for both the Northern Cape airports means good future prospects to increase the number of travellers using flights.
“We are delighted for our destinations to be announced as the two best airports for the departures of under 2 million passengers in Africa. As the largest province of South Africa also competing with other provinces and SADEC countries this is the right move in the right direction for us. We will be able to increase visitors to our province and also maintain the high standard of performance, professionalism and integrity at our airports. I congratulate the leadership at both our airports and their staff for achieving these results. The job that they are doing to our keep our passengers’ satisfied is a great benefit for our province in terms of job creation, reducing travel distances, and for offering the best value for money to meet our client’s expectations,” Mac Jack commented.
Kimberley Airport lies at the heart of the Northern Cape, in the capital city most famous for the ‘Big Hole’, a landmark carved into the earth by early diamond prospectors.
The Upington International Airport has three runways, the primary measuring 4,900 metres (the longest civilian runway in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the few able to land a space shuttle).