Mbalula: Reopening of airports will ‘reignite’ economy

Mbalula: Reopening of airports will ‘reignite’ economy

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is confident the reopening of airports will play a vital role in reigniting the South African economy.

Fikile Mbalula
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Mbalula was speaking at OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday ahead of the resumption of domestic flights.

The minister said airports are set to open in three phases, starting with OR Tambo, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport.

Mbalula says his department will also visit Lanseria to see if the airport is ready to open.

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has so far approved the reopening of OR Tambo and Cape Town International and is in the process of reviewing the procedures for King Shaka.

"We understand the need to gradually open the economy, and we are balancing it with safety and good health,” said Mbalula.

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“I am confident that our airports will play a central role in reigniting the economy, reconnecting our economic hubs while strictly operating under these conditions.”

He added: "I am satisfied that the airport has started out well and we expect this to continue. Now that we have started with opening up aviation, we must look ahead with determination in order for the transport sector to perform its vital economic role.”

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