These are the best airports in South Africa in 2024

 ·18 Apr 2024

Three South African airports have been ranked in the 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

King Shaka International Airport, Cape Town International Airport, and OR Tambo International Airport all won awards at the ceremony held in Frankfurt, Germany.

Cape Town International Airport was named Best Airport in Africa and Best Airport Staff Service in Africa.

Cape Town’s airport was named best in Africa for the ninth consecutive year, and best airport staff for the fourth year in a row.

Durban’s King Shaka International Airport took home the award for Best Regional Airport in Africa.

OR Tambo International Airport in Joburg secured the third position for Best Airport in Africa and also received accolades for Best Airport Hotel.

Skytrax introduced the World Airline and Airport Star Rating programme back in 1999, which evaluates airlines and airports based on product quality and staff service standards.

These “are coveted accolades for airports across the world, and a global benchmark of airport excellence,” said Airports Company South Africa (ACSA).

“These achievements mark a moment of immense pride for all of us,” said ACSA CEO, Mpumi Mpofu.

“We are successfully navigating a period of substantial growth,  surging passenger numbers and the introduction of new airlines,” she added.

Mpofu said that “we are grateful for the partnerships and support from all our stakeholders, without whom these accolades would not be possible [and] to each and every staff member, who tirelessly contributes to ensuring an outstanding airport experience for every passenger and user, heartfelt congratulations are in order.”

Best airports in the world

Doha’s Hamad International Airport was named the World’s Best Airport for 2024.

Hamad International Airport also won awards for the World’s Best Airport Shopping and the Best Airport in the Middle East.

The 2023 Airport of the Year and 12-times previous winner, Singapore Changi Airport, achieved second place in the global ranking, winning awards for the Best Airport in Asia and the World’s Best Airport Immigration Service.

Seoul Incheon Airport, which moved up to third place in the global survey rankings, was named the World’s Most Family Friendly Airport for 2024.

Tokyo Haneda Airport was fourth in the global ranking and maintained further outstanding results, being declared the World’s Cleanest Airport, the World’s Best Domestic Airport and delivering the World’s Best Airport PRM & Accessible Facilities.

Tokyo’s Narita Airport rounded out the top five.

These are the top 20 airlines in the world for 2024

  1. Doha Hamad Airport
  2. Singapore Changi Airport
  3. Seoul Incheon Airport
  4. Tokyo Haneda Airport
  5. Tokyo Narita Airport
  6. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
  7. Dubai Airport
  8. Munich Airport
  9. Zurich Airport
  10. Istanbul Airport
  11. Hong Kong Airport
  12. Rome Fiumicino Airport
  13. Vienna Airport
  14. Helsinki-Vantaa
  15. Madrid-Barajas
  16. Centrair Nagoya Airport
  17. Vancouver Airport
  18. Kansai Airport
  19. Melbourne Airport
  20. Copenhagen Airport

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