Cape Town International best African Airport for 4th year running

Cape Town Air Access congratulates Cape Town International Airport for receiving the Best Airport in Africa award at the 2019 Skytrax World Airports Awards last night – media release 28 March 2019.

This is the fourth year running that Cape Town International has won this prestigious award.

The Cape Town Air Access partnership brings together the public and private sector to help secure direct routes into Cape Town. To date, the initiative has helped land 8 new international airlines, 13 new direct routes and 19 route expansions, resulting in more than 1.5 million two-way seats being added into Cape Town International.

Despite a challenging year, Cape Town International Airport welcomed 2,6 million international passengers in 2018, representing a 9,6% growth from 2017.


6 out of 10 of the Best Airports in Africa  are in South Africa

  1. Cape Town
  2. Durban
  3. Johannesburg
  4. Mauritius
  5. Marrakech
  6. East London
  7. Port Elizabeth
  8. Seychelles
  9. Bloemfontein
  10. Cairo

Congratulating ACSA on this prestigious achievement, the Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Dan Plato said: “I think it is fantastic that Cape Town International has again scooped this very prestigious award. I must thank Airports Company South Africa for all their hard work in managing Cape Town International and making it the top airport in Africa yet again. This award also belongs to the people who work at the airport, who welcome our visitors with smiles on their faces, and who ensure the highest level of professionalism in the service they provide”.

“Cape Town International Airport has won the award for Best Airport in Africa four years in a row now, proving the consistently high standard of service and excellence offered to our visitors. We are especially delighted because these awards are voted for by travellers, and this award is a stamp of their approval. Going forward, we will continue our partnership in the Air Access project, which has helped to open up new routes into Cape Town, allowing more visitors from more parts of the world, to experience our province and our service,” commented the Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, MEC Beverly Schafer.

“The City of Cape Town is delighted at the announcement of Cape Town International receiving this prestigious award. Accolades of this nature assist in putting Cape Town and the Western Cape on the tourists must do list. This recognition reinforces that we are the go to city on the African continent, which means increased benefits for the city and its residents. We hope to welcome even more visitors to Cape Town International this year,” concurred City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos.

“This is an outstanding achievement as Skytrax World Airport Awards are coveted, quality accolades within the aviation industry, and a global benchmark of airport excellence. This certainly strengthens the case for more airlines to fly non-stop to Cape Town,” added Tim Harris, Wesgro CEO.

“These achievements are not ours alone, we are also privileged to work with partners that are driven to grow Cape Town and the region at large. As such, I would like to thank you for your ongoing commitment and support. Together we will all continue to achieve more” concluded Deon Cloete, General Manager of Cape Town International Airport.

Cape Town Air Access is a partnership between the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town Tourism, South African Tourism, Wesgro and private sector partners.


Ed: another incentive for the government to keep the lights on in South Africa.

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