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, the 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
Navigation and ease of transitSleepability
Going through their compiled list, you’ll see South Africa is leading with 3 of their airport making top of the list. We can’t find our beloved country, Nigeria. Maybe they will make it this 2018, who knows.
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 and it’s 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, facilitating over 21 million passengers annually.
According to 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):
This is 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-in and security a breeze is considered by some to be a bit of a continental anomaly.
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 sorted it is reliably clean, the staff are friendly, and there’s plenty of airside seating.