The number of airports in Africa is growing in number 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 the 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
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. It is no more than ten minutes driving distance 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, etc. 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 the eastern and central African region. It is located 18 kilometres east of the capital- Nairobi 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 saw some expansion work in it 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 kilometres 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, over 17 flights to New York, and more than 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 kilometres (11 miles) northeast of 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 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.
5. HURGHADA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, HURGHADA, EGYPT
The Hurghada International Airport is situated in the hinterlands: about 5 km (3 miles) southwest of the of the city of Hurghada at El Dahar district). The air facility serves Hurghada, the centre of Red Sea Governorate of Egypt, the seaport city of Safaga and a lot of other amazing Red Sea beach and aquatic sports resorts like Al Quseir, Soma Bay, El Gouna, Al-Mahmya, Sharm El Naga and Makadi Bay. The airport is currently served by one terminal, but with the construction of a new terminal complex with an annual passenger capacity of 7.5 million which is currently underway will give passengers access to a wide variety of stores, duty-free boutiques and restaurants. More than 40 airliners perform seasonable charter flights to the cities in Western and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and the CIS countries. Nowadays the airport has undergone massive renovations to accommodate dramatically rising leisure traffic.
4. CAIRO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, CAIRO, EGYPT
Cairo International Airport is Egypt’s largest airport and is on the list of top busiest airports in Africa with over 65 airlines using it annually. Located to the north-east of the city around 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the business area of the city, it has an area of approximately 37 kilometres square. The airport has three terminals and a new cargo terminal was recently constructed. The airport is administered by the Egyptian Holding Co. for Airports and Air Navigation (EHCAAN), which controls four other companies. The airport has four terminals. Terminal 1 handles both domestic and international travellers. Terminal 3 and the Seasonal Terminal opened in 2008 and 2011 respectively. The Seasonal Terminal was built to help ease congestion during the holy pilgrimages of the Hajj.
3. KING SHAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
King Shaka International Airport, opened in May 2010 and also known as La Mercy Airport is the main airport facility serving Durban, South Africa. Located approximately 35 km north of the city of Durban, this world-class facility offers a host of features to make your travelling experience as comfortable and pleasurable as possible. King Shaka International is said to be three times bigger than Durban International airport and has five times as many shops. With 102 000 m² of floor area in its passenger terminal building, the airport currently handles around 5-million passengers every year but has the capacity to handle 7.5 million passengers, with much room for future expansion if need be.
2. CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Town International Airport is Africa’s second largest airport, located approximately 20km from the city centre. It has established a reputation as Africa’s premier international award-winning and VIP destination, consistently performing among the best in the world for service in its category. In the year 2015, 14-million passengers passed through Cape Town International and in general, Cape town has a lot of tourist attractions so you may as well want to pass through Cape Town next time you travel.
1. OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
In what may be described as all South African top 3 list, OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) Johannesburg tops the list of best airports in Africa. It is the air transport hub of Southern Africa. Handling more than 17 million passengers each year and the recent infrastructure upgrades mean that OR Tambo can now handle up to 28 million passengers a year. It is nothing but the biggest and busiest airport in Africa. With more than 18,000 people employed by various companies at ORTIA, the airport boasts an impressive infrastructure that has expanded by thousands of square metres from its modest origins. OR Tambo International Airport hosts airlines from all five continents and is being managed by the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA). Named as a tribute to one of the new South Africa’s most important founding fathers. Oliver Reginald Tambo, fondly known as O.R. by his peers.