Top 10 International Airports in Africa
There is a widely believed notion that a country’s airport reflects itself.
The airport is a country’s gateway, the first thing a foreigner sees when flying into the country. Therefore, one can predict what to expect in a country based on the state of the airport.
Many countries have spent millions of dollars improving their airports due to this belief, including some African countries.
Some African countries are now paying more attention to enhancing their airports to make a good impression on foreigners and provide state-of-the-art facilities to make international travel more accessible.
However, which African country has the best international airport? Read on to find out.
The following is a list of International Airports that are ranked top ten in Africa:
- Bloemfontein’s Bram Fischer International
Country: South Africa
Starting the list is the Bloemfontein International Airport, known as the Bram Fischer International Airport, following its change of name in December 2012.
Currently ranked the tenth best international airport in Africa, Bloemfontein’s Bram Fischer International is located in South Africa.
- Port Elizabeth International Airport Country: South Africa
At the ninth position is Port Elizabeth International Airport, popularly referred to as the “10-minute airport”.
Located in South Africa, the airport is well known due to the closeness of traveling from the airport to the city’s significant areas.
Port Elizabeth International Airport is currently the ninth best international airport in Africa.
- Kigali International Airport
Known as the primary airport serving Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, Kigali International Airport is the eighth-best international airport in Africa.
The airport also serves Congolese, Burundian, and Ugandan cities, so Kigali International Airport is of great value to Rwanda and neighboring countries.
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- Addis Ababa International Airport
The seventh-best international airport in Africa is Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, formerly known as Haile Selassie I International Airport.
Located in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa International Airport serves more than 12.1 million passengers a year, and its central hub is Ethiopian Airlines.
- Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport
The Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport is known as one of the busiest airports in Africa.
Currently ranked at number six, the international airport is located in Nouasseur, a suburb 30 km southeast of Casablanca, in Morocco.
Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport serves as the central hub for the national carrier Royal Air Maroc, Air Arabia Maroc, and RAM Express.
In 2019, it was reported that the airport handled over 10 million passengers.
International Airports in Africa
- Marrakech International Airport
Marrakech International Airport is in Morocco. The airport, also known as Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK), is the fifth-best international airport in Africa.
This is the city’s main airport, located 6 km southeast of the city center.
In 2014, it was reported that over four million passengers arrived or departed from the airport’s terminals.
- Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
Next on the list is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius, which currently stands as the fourth-best international airport in Africa.
Located in the capital city, Port Louis, the airport was built in 1942 and has been well maintained to date.
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is the leading international airport in Mauritius and is said to handle approximately 5 million passengers a year.
- Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport
Country: South Africa
When it comes to airports, South Africa has some of the best. The third-best airport in Africa is Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport.
In Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa, is known as “Africa’s busiest” airport.
It serves as the primary airport for domestic and international travel.
In 2017, it was reported that Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport handled over 21 million passengers.
- Durban – King Shaka International Airport
Country: South Africa
South Africa is quite known for its airports, currently ranked as the second-best airport in Africa, is Durban King-Shaka International Airport, South Africa.
Named after the founder of the Zulu Kingdom, King Skaka, the airport is located 35km north of Durban and serves as the principal airport for Durban, South Africa.
- Cape Town International Airport
Location; South Africa
The best international airport in Africa is the Cape Town International Airport, South Africa.
Although this airport has held this position since 2016, it is also ranked the cleanest airport in Africa.
Currently voted as the 33 best airport globally, Cape Town International Airport is said to have the best-supporting staff in Africa.