The top 5 best airports in Africa

Hurghada Airport

Hurghada Airport ©Thomas Brenner/Flickr

Travel experience is a very complex thing made up of several factors, including making the journey – or flying in our case. Now airports may not be the the most important things during a vacation, but they can definitely make a good or bad first impression about a place.

You can be absolutely sure that these top 5 Africa airports will leave you satisfied from every traveler point of view with their amenities, modernity and staff. Although only South African and Egyptian airports have made it to the top 5, no worries, there are other nice airports on the continent as well.

O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg

Johannesburg airport

Johannesburg airport ©Jorge in Brazil/Flickr

Having more than 17 million passengers in a year, OR Tambo International Airport (IATA code: JNB) is not only huge, but also the highest ranking airport in Africa. Currently it has about 18 thousand employees, but thanks to the recent infrastructural changes it will need much more, as the airport will be able to handle 28 million travelers annually.

Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town

Located about 20 km from the city center, Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is the third largest on the continent – and one of the best! The multiple award winning airport is nearly always on the world top list of airports as well. It is the third largest on the continent with passenger traffic expected to raise to 14 million by next year.

King Shaka International Airport, Durban

King Shaka International Airport

King Shaka International Airport ©hiroo yamagata/Flickr

Apparently South Africa is the absolute winner of the continental airport competition, as King Shaka International Airport (DUR) is the third best airport in Africa. Brand new, opened in 2010 about 35 km away from downtown Durban, the airport already has some 4.5 million passengers in a year. The features of this world class facility make travel and especially flying a great experience!

Cairo International Airport, Cairo

The largest airport in Egypt, Cairo International Airport (CAI), is 37 square km large, it is situated about 15 km north-east of Cairo and has got 3 terminals plus one in construction especially for cargo traffic. Two of the terminals are very new, both opened within the last 6 years. Also, you can fly to Cairo with 65 airline companies in total…

Hurghada International Airport, Hurghada

Hurghada Airport

Hurghada Airport ©Thomas Brenner/Flickr

Very close to the city center, Hurghada International Airport (HRG), is about 5 km southwest of Hurghada, in the El Dahar district. If you fly to Hurghada, you get very close to the Red Sea and at the same time to the most famous resorts of the area that has got the most famous beaches in Africa. The airport is famous for having a large variety of restaurants and all kings of shops.

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