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  • Updated: January 20, 2023

Ten Best Airports In Africa

Airports are essential to how foreigners and the world, in general, perceive one's country.

The standard and hospitality provided by an airport will make the first impression of a foreigner about the whole of such a country. 

Therefore, it is pertinent that airports, especially International airports are of reputable and substantial standard in all ramifications. 

That aside, airports are also a big avenue for the government of a country to generate income, which is why airports must be given the maximum standard they require so they can operate smoothly. 

This article takes a look at the top ten best airports in Africa. 

 

1. O. R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa 

The best airport in Africa is O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in Johannesburg.

It is Southern Africa's aviation transport centre.

O.R. Tambo handles more than 17 million passengers per year, and recent infrastructure upgrades mean that the airport can currently accommodate up to 28 million passengers per year. It is simply Africa's largest and busiest airport.

It employs over 18,000 individuals from diverse industries and has an excellent infrastructure that has grown thousands of square meters from its humble beginnings.

The South African Airports Company manages O.R. Tambo International Airport, which serves airlines from five continents (ACSA).

The airport is named in honour of one of South Africa's greatest founding fathers, Oliver Reginald Tambo, also known as O.R. to his peers.

 

2. Cairo International Airport, Cairo, Egypt

Cairo International Airport is Egypt's busiest airport and one of the best and busiest in Africa. Every year, a large number of airlines use it.

It is 37 square kilometres in size and is located northeast of the city, around 15 kilometres from the city's commercial district.

The airport has three terminals, one of which is a new freight terminal. Egyptian Holding Co. for Airports and Air Navigation (EHCAAN) manages the airport, together with four other firms.

There are four terminals at the airport. Terminal 1 serves both domestic and international passengers.

Terminal 3 and the seasonal Terminal both opened in 2008 and 2011. 

 

3. Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town International Airport is ranked among Africa's top ten best airports. The airport is around 20 kilometres from the city centre.

It has earned a reputation as Africa's leading award-winning and VIP international destination, constantly ranking among the best in the world in its area of service.

In 2015, 14 million passengers travelled through Cape Town International, and Cape Town offers numerous tourist attractions in general, so you may wish to visit Cape Town the next time you travel.

 

4. Mohammed V International Airport, Casablanca, Morocco

Mohammed V International Airport (airport code CMN) is located about 30 kilometres southeast of Casablanca in Morocco.

ONDA is in charge of it (National Airport Office). It is Morocco's busiest airport, with around 7.25 million people passing through each year.

There are more than hundreds of flights each week to Paris, and also several flights to New York, Dubai and Frankfurt.

Casablanca is a major economic and industrial hub in the southern Mediterranean. In the future years, cargo activities are likely to grow considerably.

 

5. Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, formerly known as Haile Selassie I International Airport, is situated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The airport serves neighbouring African nations, as well as South America, North America, Europe, and Asia.

The airport receives hundreds and thousands of passengers each year.

It is home to the famed Ethiopian Airlines, and a good number of flights arrive and depart every day from the prestigious airport. 

 

6. Marrakech Menara International Airport, Marrakech, Morocco

The Marrakech Menara International Airport, located near Morocco's capital city of Marrakech Safi, is one of the best in North Africa.

The airport serves passengers from Europe, Casablanca, and a few Arab nations.

ATMs, cafes, free Wi-Fi, currency exchange, prayer rooms, lounges (three lounges), and wheelchair rentals are among the amenities accessible to passengers at Marrakech Menara International Airport.

 

7 . Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi Kenya

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is Kenya's major airport and the busiest in East and Central Africa.

It is 18 kilometres east of Nairobi and has several airlines that fly straight to Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, and other African nations.

Every year, the airport serves millions of people.

Some of the facilities on the ground include a post office, bank, restaurants, cafes, bars, VIP lounge, duty-free shop, and kiosk/tobacconist. 

Also, they have an automatic change machine, exchange office, tourist assistance service, car rental, taxi service/line, first aid, Disabled Access/Facilities, Baby/Parent Room, and Business Centers.

 

8. Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos Nigeria

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, located in Lagos, is the busiest in West Africa.

On March 15, 1979, the airport was formally launched.

With both national and international terminals, the total number of aircraft movements surpasses 100,000 per year, with millions of passengers handled each year.

Emirates, Ocean Air, Delta, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, KLM, and China Southern Airlines are among the major airlines that hold landing rights at Nigeria's largest and best international airport.

 

9. Kigali International Airport, Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali International Airport, located in Kigali, Rwanda's capital, was once known as Kanombe International Airport.

The Airport is Rwanda's primary airport, but it also serves the Congolese, Ugandan, and Burundian capitals, making it a regionally prominent airport.

It is regarded as one of Africa's best airports due to the International Aviation Standard and the rapid reaction of the airport's fire department.

To make up for its limited luxuries, the Airport offers great and cheerful customer service. 

 

10. King Shaka International Airport, Durban, South Africa

The major airport facility servicing Durban, South Africa, is King Shaka International Airport, which opened in May 2010 and is also known as La Mercy Airport.

This world-class facility, located roughly 35 kilometres north of Durban, offers various elements to make your travel experience as pleasant and joyful as possible.

According to reports, King Shaka International Airport is three times the size of Durban International Airport and has five times the retail establishments.

With a surface area of 102,000 m2 in its passenger terminal structure, the airport serves millions of people each year and has plenty of capacity for future growth if necessary.

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