The Worlds best African Airportts in 2024 according to Skytrax

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Cape Town International Airport has been recognized as the top airport in Africa, according to a recent survey by Skytrax, a leading consumer ratings organization. This accolade reflects the airport’s dedication to providing excellent customer service and efficient operations.

While celebrating this regional success, Cape Town International Airport has experienced a slight drop in its global ranking, currently standing at 54th place, down from 23rd in 2020. This change highlights the dynamic nature of international air travel and the evolving standards in the aviation industry.

Other South African airports also received praise in the survey, with Durban’s King Shaka International Airport taking the second spot and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg claiming third place on the continental list. 

This showcases the high standards maintained by airports in South Africa, solidifying their reputation as key gateways to the African continent.

Beyond South Africa, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia secured a respectable seventh place in the African rankings. This reflects Ethiopia’s emergence as a regional hub for international travel and trade.

Further north, Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport secured the 10th position, highlighting Kenya’s enduring role in African aviation. Nairobi continues to play a crucial role in connecting East Africa to the global air transport network.

The Skytrax survey sheds light on the broader trends shaping the African aviation landscape, as airports strive to enhance passenger experiences and operational efficiency amid evolving industry dynamics and heightened traveler expectations.

Cape Town International Airport stands prominently as one of Africa’s premier international airports. Modern infrastructure, eco-friendly practices, and a commitment to passenger comfort contribute to its acclaim. It caters to an opulent crowd, ushering in 4.13 passengers per 10 square meters daily.

Located in Durban, South Africa, King Shaka International Airport stands as a beacon of excellence among Africa’s best international airports. With a total floor area of 102,000 m2 (1,100,000 sq ft), the terminal is capable of handling 7.5 million passengers per year.

It serves as the primary airport for domestic and international travel for South Africa and since 2020, it is Africa’s fifth busiest airport, with a capacity to handle up to 28 million passengers annually

With about 7.6 million passengers passing through the airport in 2022, it was the busiest airport in Morocco and in the top 10 of busiest airports in Africa. The airport serves as hub for Royal Air Maroc, Royal Air Maroc Express and Air Arabia Maroc.

The airport was previously known as the Plaisance Airport and has direct flights to several destinations in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Its strategic location and commitment to passenger satisfaction contribute to its status as one of the best international airports in Africa, symbolizing the gateway to a paradise destination.

It is an international facility that receives several European flights as well as flights from Casablanca, some of the Arab world nations and from 2024, flights from North America. The air terminals (1 and 2) are 22,000 m2 (236,806 sq ft) and designed to handle 2,500,000 passengers per year.

The airport was formerly known as Haile Selassie I International Airport. It is the main hub of Ethiopian Airlines, the national airline that serves destinations in Ethiopia and throughout the African continent, as well as nonstop service to Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

Kigali International Airport, formerly known as Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport, is the primary airport serving Kigali. It is also of regional importance as it serves Congolese, Burundian and Ugandan cities. Its terminal building handles a capacity of 1.5 million passengers per year.

Nairobi International Airport not only proudly serves the city of Nairobi but acts as a connection point to many East African destinations. Today, the airport has quadrupled its capacity to host 26.5 million passengers annually.

Previously called the Bloemfontein International Airport, the airport was renamed by President Jacob Zuma in December 2012. At the heart of the economy in the region, Bram Fischer International Airport offers a world-class airport operation that caters for more than 300 000 passengers and 17 000 air traffic movements per annum.

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