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Higher Life: Top 5 Largest, Busiest Airports in Africa

You might have booked a flight from these airports or probably visited them just once or twice but it’s possible you don’t know the capacit...

You might have booked a flight from these airports or probably visited them just once or twice but it’s possible you don’t know the capacity of these airports.

Never mind if you don’t know much. Relax. Fasten your belts as we take you on a journey to Africa’s 5 biggest Airports.

OR Tambo 
Topping the chart is this airport that flaunts many interesting things that would dazzle your imagination.

The airport is named as a tribute to one of South Africa’s most important founding fathers: Oliver Reginald Tambo, fondly known as O.R. by his peers, for his significant contribution to the liberation of South Africa.
Scenes at OR Tambo Airport, South Africa 

It is also Africa’s biggest and busiest airport. Perhaps, you have to visit the place to catch a glimpse of the thronging crowd always jostling to catch a flight.

Cairo international airport 
Don’t be carried away yet! The journey has just begun. Second on the countdown is Cairo International Airport, Cairo, Egypt.

It is the second largest and busiest airport in Africa, offering service to over 65 international airlines. In 2010, the airport was voted one of the three most improved airports in the 2010 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

Cape Town international airport
From Cairo, we’re drilling down to the third Africa’s third largest airport, Cape Town International Airport. The airport is pitched approximately 20km from Cape Town city centre and serves 8.4 million passengers a year.

That’s not all; it has also established a reputation as Africa’s premier international award-winning airport, consistently performing among the best in the world in terms of customer service. What an amazing record!

King Shaka 
Hello, we’re still in the South Africa with the fourth on the countdown—King Shaka International Airport, also known as La Mercy Airport. It is the primary airport serving Durban, South Africa.

Located approximately 35km north of the city, it opened to passengers on 1 May 2010, just over a month before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It serves 4.75 million passengers a year.

Sharm El-Sheikh
We are back to Egypt again with Sharm El-Sheikh Airport as the fifth biggest airport in Africa. Sharm El-Sheikh is the second busiest airport in Egypt after Cairo International Airport.

In 2008, the Egyptian Airports Holding Company announced plans to build a third new terminal at the airport which will double its capacity from 7.5 to 15 million passengers per year. - Online Sources 

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