Limpopo Tourism decries downgrade of Polokwane Airport

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The Limpopo Tourism Agency says it’s concerned about the downgrading of the Polokwane International Airport from a category seven to category two airport.

The agency says the province’s ability to contribute to economic growth through tourism will be negatively affected.

The South African Civil Aviation Authority downgraded the airport last week due to non-compliance to safety regulations.

The Tourism Agency’s acting chief executive officer, Ndavhe Ramakuela says, “We are worried about that the impact that this will have on tourism especially that we were closed for a longer time and that the majority of the people that were coming to Limpopo were using road transport so ninety-five percent of those were still using road transport and five percent were using air travel. That is the sector that is affected particularly the business sector that is coming in and out of our province for business and that is where our worry is.”

Limpopo Tourism bears the brunt of the downgrading of Polokwane Airport: