While Africa is rarely renowned for its innovative or comfortable airports, a few gems do exist among a slew of mediocre transit hubs. They may pale in comparison to some of the airport finalists in other regions, but these locations do offer elements of each of the four Cs (comfort, conveniences, cleanliness and customer service) to those who travel through. And heck – while they may not blow your mind, the cities that are making an effort to improve air travel certainly deserve some positive recognition!
Here are the Top 5 Best Airports in Africa based on overall airport experience as determined by voters in our 2014 Airport Survey:
1. Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, South Africa (JNB)
As airports go, this terminal was much quieter than the others.
As the primary transit hub for southern Africa – and the recipient of a full airport refurbishment for the 2010 FIFA World Cup – it should come as no surprise that O.R. Tambo sits at the top of Africa’s Best Airport list. Filled with restaurants, bookstores, electronic stores, curio shops and even a few premium lounges, inevitable layovers here are certainly pleasant enough. Add to that a few decent seating options, efficient check-in systems, 45 minutes of free Wi-Fi (per e-mail address), clean facilities and a relatively quiet environment and you should be set for a decent layover in ‘Joburg’.
Airport Services/Facilities To Enjoy Your Layover: Pay-per-use Lounges ($) • Wi-Fi • Hotel in Transit Area ($) • Showers ($). Visit our Johannesburg Airport Guide for more information.