10 Africa’s top international airports according to recent ranking

Young woman at the airport checking for the flight

Cape Town International Airport

This is currently the best airport in Africa. Commissioned in 1954, this airport is one of the oldest and busiest airports on the continent.

From this airport, travelers can get direct flights to major travel destinations across Africa, the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Located approximately 20 kilometers (12 mi) from the city center, the airport was opened in 1954 to replace Cape Town’s previous airport, Wingfield Aerodrome.

King Shaka International Airport

King Shaka International Airport, which is 35 kilometers north of Durban, opened in 2010 and primarily serves the city of Durban.

It took the place of Durban International Airport, which closed in 2010. The airport’s passenger terminal, according to publicly accessible statistics, can handle 7.5 million people per year.  

Johannesburg Airport / O.R Tambo International Airport

This airport is one of Africa’s busiest, with a capacity of about 30 million people per year. Jan Smuts International Airport was founded in 1952 and was previously known as the Jan Smuts International Airport.  

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius

This is Mauritius’ primary airport. The airport was formerly called as the Plaisance Airport and was built shortly after the Second World War ended in 1945.

The airport has undergone substantial renovations to enlarge and modernize it since the 1940s. It is also said to have had a significant impact in the Mauritian economy.  

Marrakesh Menara Airport

This airport is the main international airport in Morocco, receiving millions of passengers from Europe, the Middle East and other parts of the world.

The airport has been around since the 1940s.

Mohammed V International Airport, Casablanca

This is yet another significant international airport in Morocco, serving the city of Casablanca especially. It was developed by the United States in 1943 as an auxiliary airstrip and was originally named Berrechid Airfield.

Although the United States temporarily transferred possession of the airport to Morocco at the end of WWII, Morocco did not permanently assume it until 1959.

Mohammed al-Khamis bin Yusef bin Hassan al-Alawi, the Sultan of Morocco from 1927 to 1953, was given the name Mohammed V International Airport.  

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

The Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, which opened in 1962, is Ethiopia’s principal international airport.

It took the role of the now-decommissioned military airport Lidetta, and it has subsequently undergone extensive expansions, including the present development of its passenger terminal, which is being handled by Chinese firms.  

Kigali International Airport

Rwanda is a landlocked country with no access to the sea. Perhaps this explains why the country’s airports, particularly the flagship Kigali International Airport, are taken seriously.

The airport was built to handle around 400, 000 people per year, according to publicly accessible information. However, as of 2013, over 600,000 passengers have been reported for both domestic and foreign travel.  

Port Elizabeth International Airport

Another South African airport serving the city of Port Elizabeth is this one. It was founded in 1929 and is also known as the Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport. Its facilities have now undergone extensive renovations to bring them up to date.  

Bram Fischer International Airport, Bloemfontein

It serves Bloemfontein, one of South Africa’s three capital cities, as its principal airport.

The name of the airport, which was formerly known as Bloemfontein Airport, was changed in November 2012 during a ceremony presided over by former South African President Jacob Zuma. 



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