Africa has now become an attractive global destination for travelers and is attracting attention for various reasons. As tourism and business flourish, the aviation sector has become a force of attraction, creating vital links between Africa and the global community.
Skytrax, an internationally renowned organization that rates airlines around the world, recently unveiled its report on Africa’s Best Airports in 2023, according to Business Insider.
In the regional ranking, the list included 4 airports from South Africa, while the other airports were from Kenya, Morocco, Rwanda and Mauritius. Here are the 10 best international airports in Africa in 2023:
1. Cape Town International Airport, South Africa
Cape Town International Airport occupies a prominent position among Africa’s major international airports. Modern infrastructure, environmentally friendly practices and a commitment to passenger comfort contribute to its popularity. It serves a huge crowd, receiving 4.13 passengers per 10 square meters per day.
2. King Shaka International Airport, South Africa
Located in Durban, South Africa, King Shaka International Airport is a model of distinction among the best international airports in Africa. With a gross area of 102,000 square meters (1,100,000 square feet), it is capable of accommodating 7.5 million passengers per year.
3. Johannesburg International Airport, South Africa
It serves as the main airport for domestic and international travel in South Africa and has since 2020 become the fifth busiest airport in Africa, with a capacity to handle up to 28 million passengers per year.
4. Casablanca Airport, Morocco
With approximately 7.6 million passengers passing through the airport in 2022, it was Morocco’s busiest airport and among the top 10 busiest airports in Africa. The airport serves as a hub for Royal Air Maroc, Royal Air Maroc Express and Air Arabia Maroc.
5. Mauritius International Airport
The airport was formerly known as Plaisance Airport and offers direct flights to several destinations in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Its strategic location and commitment to passenger satisfaction contribute to its position as one of the best international airports in Africa, which is summed up by the fact that it is nicknamed the gateway to paradise due to the magnificent landscape of the country.
6. Marrakech International Airport, Morocco
The international facility welcomes many European flights in addition to flights from Casablanca and some countries in the Arab world, and starting in 2024 it will receive flights from North America. The two terminals (1 and 2) have an area of 22,000 square meters (236,806 square feet) and are designed to accommodate 2.5 million passengers per year.
7. Addis Ababa International Airport, Ethiopia
The airport was formerly known as Haile Selassie I International Airport. It is the main hub of Ethiopian airlines, the national airline serving destinations in Ethiopia and across the African continent, as well as a non-stop service to Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
8. Kigali International Airport, Rwanda
Kigali International Airport, formerly known as Grégoire Kayibanda International Airport, is the main airport serving Kigali. It is also of regional importance as it serves Congolese, Burundian and Ugandan cities. Its airport building welcomes 1.5 million passengers per year.
9. Nairobi International Airport, Kenya
Nairobi International Airport not only serves the city of Nairobi but also serves as a connection point to many destinations in East Africa. Today, the airport’s capacity has quadrupled to accommodate 26.5 million passengers per year.
10. Bloemfontein International Airport, South Africa
Formerly called Bloemfontein International Airport, the airport was renamed by President Jacob Zuma in December 2012. Bram Fischer International Airport is located at the heart of the region’s economy, providing world-class airport service serving over 300,000 passengers and 17,000 air movements per year.