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Re: Growth of passengers at George airport.

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Jip, flights are full (the ones we have been on), every time.

People are flocking down here, lots live here but work in Jhb. We meet new people every week that either just moved here or are looking to.

Will the last people leaving Gauteng please switch the lights off. :lol:

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Re: Growth of passengers at George airport.

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Whirly wrote: Mon Nov 20, 2023 9:27 pm Jip, flights are full (the ones we have been on), every time.

People are flocking down here, lots live here but work in Jhb. We meet new people every week that either just moved here or are looking to.

Will the last people leaving Gauteng please switch the lights off. :lol:

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Re: Growth of passengers at George airport.

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Hoedspruit and George are two great examples of what improved air connectivity can do for a region - yet small towns continue to lose their airports.
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Re: Growth of passengers at George airport.

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GL wrote: Tue Nov 21, 2023 11:39 am Hoedspruit and George are two great examples of what improved air connectivity can do for a region - yet small towns continue to lose their airports.
I believe it has happened the other way around Guy. The (recent) improved air connectivity has been a result of increased market demand.

There was far more comprehensive air connectivity in and out of George in years gone by (pre 2005). That was whittled down by SAA/SAX over the years as they stumbled, chocked and fumbled their way to where they are today.
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Whirly wrote: Mon Nov 20, 2023 9:27 pm
Will the last people leaving Gauteng please switch the lights off. :lol:

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Snitch wrote: Thu Nov 23, 2023 10:15 pm
Whirly wrote: Mon Nov 20, 2023 9:27 pm
Will the last people leaving Gauteng please switch the lights off. :lol:

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Even more are flocking here looking for non existent work
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Whirly wrote: Thu Nov 23, 2023 10:34 pm
Snitch wrote: Thu Nov 23, 2023 10:15 pm
Whirly wrote: Mon Nov 20, 2023 9:27 pm
Will the last people leaving Gauteng please switch the lights off. :lol:

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Aha, I thought so but was not sure. :D

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Re: Growth of passengers at George airport.

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Richard Smit wrote: Thu Nov 23, 2023 1:14 pm
GL wrote: Tue Nov 21, 2023 11:39 am Hoedspruit and George are two great examples of what improved air connectivity can do for a region - yet small towns continue to lose their airports.
I believe it has happened the other way around Guy. The (recent) improved air connectivity has been a result of increased market demand.

There was far more comprehensive air connectivity in and out of George in years gone by (pre 2005). That was whittled down by SAA/SAX over the years as they stumbled, chocked and fumbled their way to where they are today.
Didn't SAA even fly big aircraft into FAGG? B747/A340s?
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Joker11 wrote: Fri Nov 24, 2023 1:20 pm
Didn't SAA even fly big aircraft into FAGG? B747/A340s?
In the days it was "P W Botha Airport" SAA flew us down in A300's during the peak December time.
Else 737-200

I personally don't think a 747 or A340 would fit.
They had to give an exemption in 2017 to allow George airport A310-300 flight in
https://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/ai ... r-aircraft
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Re: Growth of passengers at George airport.

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Snitch wrote: Fri Nov 24, 2023 9:00 pm
Joker11 wrote: Fri Nov 24, 2023 1:20 pm
Didn't SAA even fly big aircraft into FAGG? B747/A340s?
In the days it was "P W Botha Airport" SAA flew us down in A300's during the peak December time.
Else 737-200

I personally don't think a 747 or A340 would fit.
They had to give an exemption in 2017 to allow George airport A310-300 flight in
https://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/ai ... r-aircraft
I recall vividly when I was doing my PPL in 2001/2002 over the Dec/Jan holiday, SAA flying in for a few weeks daily with a 747.

A couple photos off of Airliner.net including in 2003 for the Presidents cup where there were two 747's in George

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Here's an A340-200 at George 29 Dec 2003
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And one in October 2004
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GL wrote: Tue Nov 21, 2023 11:39 am Hoedspruit and George are two great examples of what improved air connectivity can do for a region - yet small towns continue to lose their airports.
Would you mind going into details regarding Hoedspruit?
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Richard Smit wrote: Thu Nov 23, 2023 1:14 pm
GL wrote: Tue Nov 21, 2023 11:39 am Hoedspruit and George are two great examples of what improved air connectivity can do for a region - yet small towns continue to lose their airports.
I believe it has happened the other way around Guy. The (recent) improved air connectivity has been a result of increased market demand.

There was far more comprehensive air connectivity in and out of George in years gone by (pre 2005). That was whittled down by SAA/SAX over the years as they stumbled, chocked and fumbled their way to where they are today.
Yup - its actually bi-directional causality. A place looks like its growing, so an airline provides a service - which accelerates the growth. It like constructive interference in waveforms.
BTW - this is one of the better reasons for having a state owned airline. The state owned airline can use taxpayers money to pioneer a non-profitable route. As the place grows so the route can become profitable - which is when a private sector carrier muscles in and out-competes the state owned carrier. A good example was 1time moving in on George.
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