South Africa

South Africa

Global context

Measure2019
International tourism expenditure (US$bn)8.9
Global rank for international tourism expenditure37
Number of outbound visits (m)5.6
Most visited destinationMozambique
Most visited destination in Western EuropeUnited Kingdom

Key demographic and economic data

Measure2019
Population (m)58.7
GDP per capita PPP (US$)12,789
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)1.7
Annual average GDP growth in the past year (%)0.2

Inbound visits to Britain from South Africa

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Access to Britain from South Africa

Measure2019
Weekly aircraft departures51
Weekly seat capacity15,927
Airports with direct routes in South Africa3
Airports with direct routes in Britain2
  • In 2019, 3 airports in South Africa served 2 British airports: London Heathrow and London Gatwick
  • In 2019, weekly flight departures increased by 15% on 2018
  • Out of all the airlines to operate the South African to Britain route in 2019, British Airways served the most departing seats, with a 66% share
  • In 2019, average weekly seat capacity grew by 11% compared to the previous year
  • In 2019, the highest share of departing seats came from the Johannesburg to London Heathrow route, with a 71% share
  • The current reduced rate of Air Passenger Duty for visitors departing Britain for South Africa is £78