Africa is growing in number of airports as the continent awakens to engage in international travel. Air transport has dramatically increased in the continent over the past 10 years and this has led to upgrade and improvements in the number of existing international airports as well as construction of new ones. In the past, most African countries have one, two or three international airports but that number is gradually beginning to increase in recent times. There are a number of African Airports that are worth mentioning when you consider the top 10 best Airports in Africa.
Here are The Best International Airports in Africa
- Port Elizabeth International Airport – South Africa
- Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Nairobi, Kenya
- Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria
- Mohammed V International Airport, Casablanca, Morocco
- Sharm El- Sheirkh International Airport, Sharm El-Sheirkh, Egypt
- Hurghada International Airport, Hurghada, Egypt
- Cairo International Airport, Cairo, Egypt
- King Shaka International Airport, Durban, South Africa
- Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town, South Africa
- OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa
10. PORT ELIZABETH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, SOUTH AFRICA
Situated in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, is one of the best airports in Africa. Known as the ‘ten minute airport’, the airport is owned and handled by the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and is located within five minutes drive from the central business district and the beach front and no more than ten minutes from other areas of importance in the city. Port Elizabeth international airport currently handles more than one million passengers every year and over 800 tons of cargo, including flowers, frozen lobster, with the modern terminal upgrade the airport can handle up to 2 million passengers a year.
9. JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NAIROBI, KENYA
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is Kenya’s largest airport, and the busiest airport in eastern and central African region. It is located 18 kilometers east of the capital of Nairobi, Kenya and is served by 49 airlines with direct flights to Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and other African Countries. The airport handles more than 5 million passengers every year. Post Office, Bank, Restaurants, Cafeterias, Bars, VIP Lounge, Duty Free Shop, Newsagent/Tobacconist, Auto Exchange Machine, Bureau de Change, Tourist Help Desk, Car Rental, Taxi Service/Rank, First Aid, Disabled Access/Facilities, Baby/Parent Room, Business Centre are a few of the facilities on ground. The airport is currently undergoing expansion to double its capacity along with a planned rail link.
8. MURTALA MUHAMMED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LAGOS, NIGERIA
Situated in Lagos is West Africa’s busiest airport: Murtala Muhammed International Airport. The airport was officially opened on 15 March 1979. With both domestic and international terminals, the total aircraft movement figure stands above 100,000 per year and handles more than 6 million passengers every year. Major carriers like Emirates, Ocean Air, Delta, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, KLM and China Southern Airlines all have landing rights to Nigeria’s largest international airport.
7. MOHAMMED V INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
Mohammed V International Airport (airport code CMN) is located in Morocco about 30 kilometers southeast of Casablanca. It is operated by ONDA (National Airports Office). It is the busiest airport in Morocco with almost 7.25 million passengers passing through the airport annually. Every week, there are about 182 flights to Paris, 17 flights to New York, and 14 flights to Dubai and Frankfurt. Casablanca is one of the main trading and industrial cities in the southern Mediterranean, It is believed that the cargo operations will drastically expand in the coming few years.
6. SHARM El-SHEIKH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, SHARM El-SHEIKH, EGYPT
The Sharm El-Sheikh international airport located in 18 kilometers (11 miles) northeast from the city of Sharm El Sheikh is considered to be the second (after Cairo) major airport in Egypt. The airport has approximately 10 million passenger traffic yearly. The airport is located in the heart of the resort area just near the Red Sea coast. The Egyptian Airports Holding Company announced plans to build a third new terminal at the airport which will double its capacity from 7.5 to 15 million passengers per year. The main air traffic consists of the season charter flights from the Western and Eastern Europe, Scandinavian and Baltic countries, Russia and CIS countries. The infrastructure of the airport has been constantly improved in order to increase the passenger services quality.