We can say it’s a fact that transportation in general affects the development of cities worldwide. Airport development can be linked to economic development of a nation because air transportation comes with a lot of economic benefits.
It facilitates tourism; it provides jobs; encourages trading; it’s a bonus when it comes to emergency and humanitarian aid relief. The economic impact cannot be overemphasized.
SleepinginAirports helped make a survey and then list of the best airports in Africa.
In their annual survey, they asked travelers to rate airports in Africa based on their overall airport experience.
They ranked their experience based on
- Comfort (Gate seating & availability of rest zones)
- Services, facilities & things to do
- Food options
- Customer service
- Navigation and ease of transitSleepability
On the ranking, South Africa leads with 3 of their airports making the top of the list. Sadly, our beloved country, Nigeria did not make the top of the list. Perhap, we might be lucky in the next ranking for 2018, who knows.
So, below is the rnking for the best 5 Airports In Africa.
2017 Top 5 Best Airports in Africa
1. Cape Town International Airport, South Africa (CPT):
Cape Town International Airport is the primary airport serving the city of Cape Town. It is the second busiest airport in South Africa. It holds the record of being the third largest airport in the whole of Africa and has a record of over 10 million passengers annually.
According to survey, the environment is clean, there is free WI-Fi, and the staffs are consistently friendly and helpful.
2. Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, South Africa (JNB):
This is a major international airport in Gauteng, near to the city of Johannesburg.
OR Tambo international airport is the biggest and busiest airport in Africa. Over 21 million passengers pass through this airport annually.
According to the survey, the airport has plenty of shopping, dining, and lounge opportunities that will keep you entertained on a layover in this transit hub.
3. Durban King Shaka, South Africa (DUR):
Yet, another airport in South Africa. This airport was opened just few months to when the 2010 FIFA world cup started. The airport handled its first commercial flights on 1 May 2010. The airport was named after king Shaka who was the leader of the Zulu nation in the early 19th century.
According to survey, travelers praise the airport for its layout, with manageable walking distances and efficient travel processes.
4. Kigali International Airport, Rwanda (KGL):
Kigali International Airport, formerly known as Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport, is the primary airport serving the capital city of Rwanda.
According to survey, travelers remark on how helpful, friendly, and efficient staff are.Their ability to make check-ins and security procedures without so much of a ceremony is considered by many to be a departure from the norm in Airports in Africa.
5. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius (MRU):
This is the main international airport in Mauritius.
According to survey, the airport has the basics of a good travel experience. It is reliably clean, the staff are friendly, and there’s plenty of air-side seating.
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