South Africa may no longer be Africa’s biggest economy but its airports are still the best in the continent.
The Skytrax 2014 World Airport Awards ranks Johannesburg’s OR Tambo as the number one airport in Africa, followed by Cape Town International and Durban’s King Shaka. OR Tambo is in 26th position internationally.
The smaller South African airports of East London, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein are also among the top 10 in the continent.
Earlier this month Nigeria overtook South Africa as the continent’s largest economy after it rebased its GDP to better reflect current consumption and output. The rebasing revealed an economy of just above US$500bn, nearly double the size originally thought. However, when it comes to the quality of its airports, Nigeria still has some catching up to do as it doesn’t feature prominently in Skytrax’s rankings.
The awards are based on 12.85m questionnaires completed by airline customers, covering 410 airports worldwide.Best airports in Africa
|1||Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport||Johannesburg||South Africa|
|2||Cape Town International Airport||Cape Town||South Africa|
|3||Durban King Shaka International Airport||Durban||South Africa|
|4||Mauritius International Airport||Port Louis||Mauritius|
|5||Cairo International Airport||Cairo||Egypt|
|6||East London Airport||East London||South Africa|
|7||Port Elizabeth Airport||Port Elizabeth||South Africa|
|8||Bloemfontein Airport||Bloemfontein||South Africa|
|9||Addis Ababa Bole International Airport||Addis Ababa||Ethiopia|
|10||Marrakech Menara International Airport||Marrakech||Morocco|
In the best airport hotels category, it is also a South African story, with OR Tambo’s InterContinental and Garden Court hotels in first and second spots respectively. Cape Town airport’s Hotel Verde is in fourth position.
In an earlier interview, Andrew McLachlan, head of business development for Africa at Carlson Rezidor, owner of the Radisson Blue brand, identified Addis Ababa as a strong market for the group. He said that currently 80% of the group’s hotels in Africa are geared towards business stay.
The top three airports globally are Singapore Changi, Seoul’s Incheon and Munich.