This is the best airline in Africa – and it’s not SAA

OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg has been named Africa’s leading airport in the 2016 World Travel Awards for Africa and the Indian Ocean.

This comes after South Africa’s Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport in Durban and OR Tambo International Airport were three out of the seven airports nominated for Africa’s Leading Airport award for 2016.

Apart from the SA airports, other African airport nominees were Cairo International Airport in Egypt, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Mohammed V International Airport in Morocco.

OR Tambo ousted all of the aforementioned airports on the continent to claim the top laurels for the 23rd World Travel Awards, voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide.

The winners of Africa and the Indian Ocean were announced at a gala event hosted by Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est on the northern tip of Zanzibar, off Tanzania’s coast.

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Among the winners was Kenya Airways, recognised as both Africa’s Leading Airline and Africa’s Leading Airline for Business Class. In winning the leading airline award, Kenya Airways unseated SA flag carrier South African Airways in the category.

Other South African companies crowned leaders in Africa were online booking site Travelstart, crowned ‘Africa’s Leading Online Travel Agency’, and Rhino Africa, Singita Game Reserves and Shambala Private Reserve which were all crowned leading safari companies in Africa.

In other categories, Nairobi Serena Hotel in Kenya took the title of Africa’s Leading Green Hotel, while Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination went to the Maldives.

A full list of the winners from the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony can be seen here.

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.


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This is the best airline in Africa – and it’s not SAA