After a few years of deliberation, the Limpopo government has made a decision to pursue an international license for the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. The Airport situated in Maruleng Municipality, Mopani District is also one of the busiest airports domestically.
Before COVID-19, the Airport saw over 71,000 passengers through its facilities. 75 percent of these were international tourists from Central Europe and also the Scandinavian Countries.
The majority of them land in Cape Town, and proceed to the Hoedspruit Airport. Which is the gateway to the Kruger National Park and many other attraction sites.
On Tuesday the Department of Transport and Community Safety revealed that MEC Florence Radzilani, met with Maruleng Municipality Mayor, Tsheko Musolwa. They held a chart for a way forward regarding a decision by the Limpopo Provincial Government Executive Committee, to have the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport, to be accorded an international license.
BIG PLANS FOR HOEDSPRUIT EASTGATE AIRPORT
“MEC Radzilani and Mayor Musolwa were joined in this meeting, by teams of high-profile officials. This includes from the Maruleng Local Municipality. The Department of Transport and Community Safety and the Gateway Airport Authority Limited,” said the department.
“A few years ago, as part of reinvigorating and repositioning the Provincial Economy, the Limpopo Provincial Government resolved to convert the Hoedspruit Aerodrome License into an International Operating License.
“This decision was informed by the number of passengers using the Hoedspruit Airport, annually,” they said.
HOW THE INTERNATIONAL LICENCE AT HOEDSPRUIT WILL HELP LIMPOPO GOVERNMENT
The international license is seen as an added advantage to both the tourism and agricultural sectors. Which are the mainstay of the Maruleng and also the Provincial Economy.
“A joint Technical Committee, comprising of Officials from the Maruleng, the Department and also its entity GAAL, is working on modalities to acquire an international license for the Hoedspruit Airport. The Committee will be engaging with the National Department of Transport and the South African National Defense Force. To chart a way forward in pursuant to this objective.
“Upon its logical conclusion, the Airport will create an unfettered market of international travellers into Limpopo,” they concluded.