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Kigali international airport among best 10 international airports in Africa in 2023

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London based international air transport rating organization, Skytrax, has released its 2023 report on the best airports in Africa. Kigali international airport has ranked 8 among other airports from dominating South Africa, Kenya, Morocco and Mauritius. 

Ranking from 1-10

1. Cape Town International Airport, South Africa

This is the first international airport according to Skytax thanks to good services and modern infrastructure. The airport hosts 4.13 passengers per 10 Square meters daily. It was opened in 1954.

2. King Shaka International Airport, South Africa

This aiport located in Durban was named after King Shaka who was Zulu king in 19th Century. The airport was built to grow the area’s international services. It covers 102,000 square meters and can handle 7.5 million passengers annually.

3. Johannesburg International Airport, South Africa

The airport has the capacity for 28 million passengers per year and makes it the primary hub for domestic and international travel in South Africa.


4. Casablanca International Airport, Morocco

The airport located in Casablanca, Morocco also named after king Mohammed V of Morocco handles about 7.6 million passengers in 2022 and ranked among the top 10 busiest airports in Africa.

5. Mauritius International Airport, Mauritius

The airport previously known as the Plaisance Aiport is located in Plaine Magnien, also named after the first Prime Minister of Mauritius Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. A strategic gateway with direct flights to Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe.

6. Marrakech International Airport, Morocco

Another airport from Morocco, has terminals designed to handle 2.5 million passengers annually and connects Europe and the Arab world.

7. Addis Ababa International Airport, Ethiopia

The airport is the main hub for Ethiopian Airlines. It is formerly known as Haile Selassie I international Aiport. It opened in 1962, nearly 380 flights per day were departing from and arriving at the airport in June 2018.

8. Kigali International Airport, Rwanda

The airport in Kigali, Rwanda has the terminal to accommodate 1.5 million passengers annually. It is the main hub for RwandAir. It covers 730 sq. km and it is elevated at 1491 metres above sea level making it one of the highest international airports in the world. 

9. Nairobi International Airport, Kenya

The airport in capital of Kenya, Nairobi has the capacity to host 26.5 million passengers yearly. It is also named Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after Kenya’s first president and Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta. The airport has served over 7 million passengers in 2016.

10. Bram Fischer International Airport, South Africa

Formely Bloemfontein International Airport located in Free State, South Africa served 402,452 passengers in 2017.

By thriving tourism and business sector, Africa is emerging as a preferred global destination for travelers. Continent’s aviation landscape is playing a big role as fast, secure and cheap transport to connect Africa and the global community.


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