List of 20 Busiest Airports in Africa

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African Airports are generally experiencing a surge in domestic and international travel. most airports in Africa are either undergoing or have scheduled maintenance and expansion to buffer this increase in the number of passengers it can handle. This list covers the top 20 busiest airports in Africa based on the number of annual passengers the airport handles and other facts. It may not completely classify the airports accordingly as the values become close to each other across airports.

Busiest Airports in Africa

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1. OR Tambo International Airport: Coming first on the list is this South African airport. It is undoubtedly the largest and busiest airport in the whole of Africa. About 18 million passengers pass through its terminals every year with a further ongoing expansion work that will enable it to handle 28 million passengers.

2. Cairo International Airport: Located in the city of Cairo and handles more than 13 million passengers every year making it the second busiest Airport in Africa.

3. Cape Town International Airport: Another South African airport with more than 8 million passengers every year making it the third busiest African Airport.

4. Mohammed V International Airport Casablanca: This is one of the top 10 airports in Africa in infrastructural design, number of passengers and services offered. Mohammed V International Airport handles more than 7 million passengers annually.

5. Murtala Muhammed International Airport: MMIA is located in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria. It is the busiest airport in west Africa with over 6 million travelers passing through its gates every year.

6. Hurghada International Airport: Located at Hurghada, Egypt, the airport allows more than 5 million travelers through her terminals on a yearly basis.

7. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport: The busiest airport in the East and Central Africa, it forms the hub is air transport within the region. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is located at Nairobi and more than 5 million passengers use it every year.

8. Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport: located at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, this originally Israeli air force base is one of the major airports in Africa and serves more than 5 million people travelling through it every year.

9. Bole International Airport: Located at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Bole International Airport is the main hub of Ethiopian Airlines, the national airline which has service to destinations in Ethiopia and throughout the African continent, as well as nonstop service to Asia, Europe, and North America. In general, it serves more than 5 million people using it every year.

10. King Shaka International Airport Durban: This airport is situated at Durban, South Africa. also known as La Mercy Airpor, the airport is designed to handle the Airbus A380. It serves more than 5 million people using it every year and is currently the 10 busiest airport in Africa.

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11. Houari Boumedienne Airport: Algiers, Algeria has one of the most used airports in Africa. Named after Houari Boumediene, a former president of Algeria. Dar El Beïda, the air facility presents a capacity of 6 million passengers per year but currently has about 4.7 million travellers using it.

12. Carthage Airport: Named after the city of Carthage in Tunisia, The airport serves around 4 million people every year.

13. Monastir International Airport: Still in Tunisia is Monastir International Airport which serves about 3 million people every year but with a capacity of 3.5 million. The airport activity is mainly due to the movement of tourists who are coming to visit Monastir, Sousse and the surrounding resorts. It is one of Africa’s Top 20 busiest airports.

14. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport: This long named airport is located at Mauritius. Serving as the main international airport in Mauritius, it has direct flights to Africa, Asia and Europe and is set to become a regional hub going by the number of passengers it handles which stands around 2.5 million per year.

15. Djerba–Zarzis International Airport: This airport serves the country of Djerba in Tunisia. and has a yearly turnover of passengers in the neighborhood of 2 million.

16. Tripoli International Airport: Located 34 kilometers south of central Tripoli, Libya. With an estimated 2 million passengers each year, the airport has 13 airlines serving Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

17. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport: Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is located in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria (Abuja). It is operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and an estimated 2 million people use the airport every year.

18. Yoff Airport: Yoff Airport is located near the town of Yoff, north of Dakar, Senegal, The airport can handle aircraft up to the size of the Boeing 747 jets and passenger population of over 1 million.

19. Luxor International Airport: Situated 6 km / 4 miles east of Luxor city, Luxor International Airport (LXR) is an entry point for the popular tourist destination of the Nile Valley. It was handed over to The Egyptian civil aviation authority in May 1946 from the British military authority and given the importance of its location; it was developed several times, as it’s located in the most important archaeological area in the world.

20. Marrakesh Menara Airport: This is an international facility that receives several European flights as well as flights from Casablanca and some of the Arab world nations.

  • valentine

    dnt confuse the inflation which zimbabwe had with poverty.. come to zimbabwe n u wil really c the natural resources(wild parks, the good soil,) tourist places(vic falls, kariba), the diamonds… a lot of celebs really get surprised wen they visit the ‘once giant nation of Africa’.

  • Andy

    The publisher must be a South African. Why? Because he or she is baised about the GDP status of Nigeria vs. South Africa.

  • Artist With Brains

    I feel sorry for the people living in these areas. I wonder if these countries have a better government, then will they suffer less? That’s the question.

  • lulu

    I have been following these articles the writer is so wrong. How can u compare zimbabwe and Somalia. We all kno there is hunger in Somalia. Zimbabwe has rich soils and it’s people are eating at least three meals a day. The DRC is naturally blessed with a vast of natural resources from oil to minerals yet you say it is the poorest. Get your facts right Mr. Writter

  • somebd

    What about Somalia ?

  • Hunnah

    You can’t say, DRC is the poorest, how about Somalia??!!!!

  • stoto

    zimbabwe is not that poor. also the life expectancy is not that low

  • shallom veniqshia

    Waoh! Thanx ave learnt something abt my continent

  • Melkam Endalew

    Is Ethiopia erased from the map of Africa??

  • PlushZIm

    The ranking of Zimbabwe is biased and contains connotations tarnishing the image of our nation and her people. For example why is the mention of inflation that happened in 2008 has to do with the ranking in 2014. If this is an old article either update it or pull it off.

  • ravy

    the answer is yes. if the government was not so selfish then all this country wouldnt be here plus it wouldnt be any poor country in africa, because africa is the richest continent in the world but then again governement so selfish.

  • dingaan nteeo

    let us stop pointing fingers to each other and develope our beautiful continent

  • sadiiq

    People here re sayin somalia this somalia tht. Why cnt u jst accept tht ur country zimbabwe and DRC rE one of the poorest countries in the world.somalia isn’t poor its jst civil and governmential wars takin place

  • Mahaman

    Feel sad when Niger is ranked among the poorest. Whether the writer is right or wrong I believe that Niger is a poor country and this is due to many things like the influence the western countries have on us, the leaders are unpatriotic…