The most “sleep-friendly” airports in Africa

Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport has been named Africa’s best airport for “sleep-friendliness”, according to a global survey.

The annual survey,  compiled by, asks travellers to consider “the four C’s” of airport travel: comfort, conveniences, cleanliness and customer service.

  • Comfort has to do with the availability of “quiet zones”, and various seating;
  • Convenience is marked on amenities such as free Wi-Fi, food options and bathroom facilities;
  • Cleanliness considers upkeep and maintenance; and
  • Customer service measures the airport staff and security and how friendly they are to stranded passengers.

The site’s survey draws in responses from over 14,000 travellers across the globe and uses no other metric besides user experiences.

Of the top 5 listed airports in Africa, the top 3 are all South African airports, including OR Tambo International Airport in Joburg, Cape Town International Airport; and King Shaka International Airport in Durban.

Top 5 airports in Africa

1. O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg

OR Tambo International Airport
OR Tambo International Airport

2. Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town

Cape Town International Airport
Cape Town International Airport

3. King Shaka International Airport, Durban

King Shaka International Airport
King Shaka International Airport

4. Algiers Houari Boumediene International Airport, Algeria

Algiers Houari Boumediene International Airport
Algiers Houari Boumediene International Airport

5. Addis Ababa-Bole International Airport, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa-Bole International Airport
Addis Ababa-Bole International Airport

Worst airports

Khartoum International Airport
Khartoum International Airport

On the other side of the scale, the site also lists the worst-voted airports in Africa, with Sudan’s Khartoum International Airport taking the top dishonour.

“From dirty floors and bathrooms to the regular request for bribes, travellers were seriously unimpressed with the airports that made it onto this year’s Worst Airports in Africa list.”

  1. Khartoum International Airport, Sudan
  2. Kinshasa N’djili International Airport, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  3. Tripoli International Airport, Libya
  4. Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport, Tanzania
  5. Luanda Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport, Angola
  6. Port Harcourt International Airport, Nigeria
  7. Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Nigeria
  8. N’Djamena International Airport, Chad
  9. Accra Kotoka International Airport, Ghana
  10. Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Nigeria

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