Africa’s tourism sector has been growing in recent years, with the continent boasting 63 million arrivals between 2017and 2018. As this trend accelerates, we can expect to see more stories like Tanzania Air’s revival, as well as the Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Air’s growth.
Air Tanzania Revival
“On 8 July 2018, Air Tanzania took delivery of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, to be deployed on intercontinental flights. The all-new aircraft operated by the airline is owned by the Tanzanian Government Flight Agency which then leases it to the airline. Air Tanzania also received its first Airbus A220-300, on December 2018, making the airline the first African operator of this aircraft type and the fifth airline globally with an A220 family airplane.
On 11 January 2019 the airline’s second Airbus A220-300 aircraft, christened Ngorongoro touched down at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. During June and July 2019, the airline started new routes to Johannesburg, South Africa and Mumbai, India. These routes are operated by the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and the Airbus A220-300. ” – Source Wikipedia
Ethiopian Air and Kenya Airways Growth
We have also seen wonderful stories coming out of Ethiopian Air in surpassing Dubai as the top feeder of air traffic to Africa in 2018. In October 2018 Kenya Airway also decided to show its prowess with the launch of a daily non-stop flight to New York.
In short, there is a lot of traffic in the African skies, and we are on the up and up. So which airports carry all this traffic?
African Insider produced this list of passenger volumes per airport in 2018. Here is the top 10
Top 10 Busiest Airports in Africa
- O. R. Tambo International Airport (South Africa) – 21.2 million passengers
- Cairo International Airport (Egypt) – 15 million passengers
- Bole International Airport (Ethiopia) – 12.1 million passengers
- Cape Town International Airport (South Africa) – 10.7 million passengers
- Mohammed V International Airport (Morocco) – 9.7 million passengers
- Houari Boumediene Airport (Algeria) – 7.9 million passengers
- Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Kenya) – 7 million passengers
- Hurghada International Airport (Egypt) – 6.6 million passengers
- Murtala Muhammed International Airport (Nigeria) – 6.5 million passengers
- Tunis Carthage Airport (Tunisia) – 6.2 million passengers
How many of those airports have you visited? Any surprises on the list, leave us a comment.