The Best Airports in Africa stand out for being simple, tidy, and friendly. These airports show that providing the basics – internet, good chairs, pleasant customer service, and simple layouts – is really all travellers need at the end of the day.
Voters ranked the airports based on their overall airport experience. They ranked their experience based on:
- Comfort (Gate seating & availability of rest zones)
- Services, facilities
- Food options
- Customer service
- Navigation and ease of transit
As determined by voters, these are the best Airports in Africa.
1. Cape Town International Airport, South Africa (CPT)
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Cape Town International Airport has a well-secured position on this regional best airports list thanks to free Wi-Fi and its easy-to-navigate layout.
The terminals themselves are reliably clean, and the staff are consistently friendly and helpful..
2. Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, South Africa (JNB)
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport is one of Africa’s more amenity-rich airports. This clean and easy-to-navigate airport has plenty of shopping, dining, and lounge opportunities that will keep you entertained on a layover in this transit hub.
Long lines and overall efficiency does grate on travellers, though hopefully these will improve in the years to come.
3. Durban King Shaka, South Africa (DUR)
King Shaka International Airport, located 35km north of Durban, opened in 2010 just before the country hosted the FIFA World Cup. Travellers praise the airport for its layout, with manageable walking distances and efficient travel processes. Amenities, including dining options, are somewhat limited, though what is here seems entirely adequate given the airport’s smaller size.
4. Kigali International Airport, Rwanda (KGL)
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Once again, Kigali airport’s customer service helps earn its place on the Best Airports in Africa list. Every year, travellers remark on how helpful, friendly, and efficient staff are – in fact, their ability to make check-in and security a breeze is considered by some to be a bit of a continental anomaly. There were some traveller complaints that the terminal size should be enlarged – something that hopefully will be remedied with the new Bugesera airport. That terminal is slated to be completed in 2019.
5. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius (MRU)
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The relatively new international airport in Mauritius has the basics of a good travel experience sorted it is reliably clean, the staff are friendly, and there’s plenty of airside seating.