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Busiest Airports in South Africa, 2022

O.R Tambo International Airport is the busiest airport in South Africa, with over 8.2 million passengers passing through in 2021.

Top 5 Busiest Airports in South Africa, 2022The second busiest airport in South Africa is Cape Town International Airport, the airport served an estimated 4.7 million passengers in 2021.

Busiest Airports in South Africa, 2022

1. O.R. Tambo International Airport

Country: South Africa
Passengers in 2021: 8,201,500Busiest airports in South Africa
O. R. Tambo International Airport is an international airport situated in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. It serves as the primary airport for domestic and international travel to/from South Africa. The airport is currently the busiest airport in South Africa, with a capacity to handle up to 28 million passengers annually.

The airport which serves as the hub for South African Airways handled over 8.2 million passengers in 2021.

O. R. Tambo International Airport recorded 21.2 million passengers in 2017–2018, up from 20.7 million passengers the year before. Of those passengers, 9.2 million were international and 11 million domestic, with the remainder being classified as “regional” or “unscheduled”.

There are six terminals at the airport, but these can be broken down into three major areas: the international terminals; the domestic terminals; and the transit terminals.

2. Cape Town International Airport

Country: South Africa
Passengers in 2021: 4,757,855

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Cape Town International Airport is the primary international airport serving the city of Cape Town, and is the second busiest airport in South Africa and sixth busiest airport in Africa. The airport was upgraded and renovated in 2010, ahead of the World Cup Soccer event.

Cape Town International is the best airport in Africa and is also the second largest airport in South Africa.

Cape Town Airport has 2 terminals – international and domestic. Both are linked to a large central terminal building. There are 24 airlines at Cape Town Airport with nearly 100 destinations and the busiest route is Cape Town – Johannesburg with more than 4.5 million passengers annually, being the ninth busiest route in the world.

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3. King Shaka International Airport

Country: South Africa
Passengers in 2021: 2,806,248

Top 5 Busiest Airports in South Africa, 2022King Shaka International Airport is the primary international airport serving Durban, South Africa.

The airport which opened its doors to passengers on 1st May 2010, a month and 11 days before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup was designed by Osmond Lange Architects and Planners and cost US$900 million.

The statistics place King Shaka International Airport as the third busiest airport in South Africa, behind OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and Cape Town International Airport.

4. Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport

Country: South Africa
Passengers in 2021: 400,000

Top 5 Busiest Airports in South Africa updated Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport formerly known as Port Elizabeth Airport is the fourth busiest airport in South Africa in terms of passenger numbers. The airport serves the city of Port Elizabeth, which is the fifth largest city in the South Africa. It is known as the “ten minute airport”, because of its close proximity to the city centre.

The airport was formally known as HF Verwoerd Airport (1970’s through to 1998) and then Port Elizabeth International until 2021, when the name was again changed to Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic impact, passenger traffic at Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport decreased from approximately 1.7 million passengers in the 2019 to approximately 400,000 passengers in the 2020/21.

Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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