African air transport industry faces many challenges. Air transport in the continent is expensive, connections are patchy and safety is a concern. In spite of these challenges, some airlines are providing very good service.
Here are the 10 best airlines in Africa as of 2015, according to World Airline Awards.
10) Air Austral
Air Austral is a French airline headquartered at Roland Garros Airport in Sainte-Marie, Reunion. The company has 900 employees and operates scheduled services from Reunion to metropolitan France, South Africa and other destinations in the Indian Ocean. The airlines’ average fleet age is 5.2 years.
Based in Cairo International Airport, EgyptAir is the flag carrier airline of Egypt. It operates scheduled passenger and freight services to more than 75 destinations in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. It is a member of Star Alliance.
Mango is a state-owned South African low-cost airline. It was founded in 2006 as a subsidiary of South African Airways. Its main base is OR Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg. The average age of Mango’s fleet is 13.6 years.
7) TAAG Angola Airlines
TAAG Angola Airlines is the state-owned flag carrier of Angola. Based in Luanda, it operates an all-Boeing fleet. It is a member of both the International Air Transport Association and the African Airlines Association.
6) Kenya Airways
Kenya Airways is the flag carrier of Kenya. Its headquarters is located in Embakasi, Nairobi, with its hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya Airways is regarded as one of the leading Sub-Saharan operators. The airlines has more than 4,000 employees.
5) Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines is the flag carrier of Ethiopia. It is wholly owned by the government. It is a member of the Star Alliance. Its hub and headquarters are at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. Its cargo division won The African Cargo Airline of the Year in 2011.
Kulula is South African no-frills airline. The average age of Kulula’s fleet is 11.2 years. The airlines is famous for its distinctive, brightly colored and often humorous livery. Kulula is the trading name of Comair Limited, which also operates flights as a British Airways franchisee.
3) Air Mauritius
Air Mauritius is the flag carrier of Mauritius. It won the “2011 Indian Ocean Leading Airline Prize.” As of March 2013, Air Mauritius had its headquarters at Air Mauritius Center in Port Louis, Mauritius. It has code sharing agreements with reputed airlines like Emirates.
2) Air Seychelles
Air Seychelles is the national airline of the Seychelles. Based in Seychelles International Airport, it operates inter-island services and international flights. Forty percent of Air Seychelles is owned by Etihad Airways. It has code share agreements with reputed brands like Cathay Pacific.
1) South African Airways
South African Airways is the national flag carrier and largest airline of South Africa. It is considered the best in Africa. It flies to 38 destinations worldwide from its hub at OR Tambo International Airport. It is a member of the Star Alliance. South African Airways is the official airline of the Association of Tennis Professionals. It owns the low cost domestic airline Mango.
These airlines have been providing excellent service to their customers.