As the African continent tends to attract global investment and stimulate economic growth, Africa has made great strides in developing international-standard airports. The following are the largest airports in Africa;
1. Tunis Carthage International Airport, Tunisia passengers: 6.2 million per year
The airport is the base of operations for Nouvelair Tunisia, Tunisair Express, Tunisavi, and Tunisair.
2. Nigeria Murtala Muhammad International Airport 6.5 million passengers
The airport was built during World War II and named after Nigeria’s military ruler Murtala Muhammad. The airport is now a hub for aviation contractors, Arik Air, Azman Air, Med-View Airline, Air Peace, Dana Air, and Ibom Air.
3. Hurghada International Airport in Egypt receives 6.6 million passengers per year.
The airport is the second busiest in Egypt after Egypt Airport Cairo International Airport. It is famous for leisure flying, mainly from European countries.
The airport is currently renovating and expanding the terminal’s capacity to accommodate more flights. The ongoing expansion is expected to double the current annual passenger capacity of 6.6 million to accommodate more than 13 million passengers.
4. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya 7.1 million passengers per year
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is located in Nairobi, the capital and largest city of Kenya. It is located on the outskirts of Embakasi.
The airport has regular flights to more than 50 countries.
5. Algeria Houari Boumediene Airport, Algeria
It has an annual passenger throughput of 7.11 million passengers. It’s the main international airport serving Algiers, the capital of Algeria.
The airport is named after Algeria’s former President Huali Boumedin.
6. Mohammed V International Airport, Morocco
The airport has an annual passenger throughput of 10.3 million passengers. It’s located in Casablanca, Morocco.
Acts as a hub for Royal Air Maroc, Royal Air Maroc Express, and Arab Air Maroc. The airport is one of the busiest cargo airports in Africa, with the largest number of passengers transiting to multiple destinations.
7 . Cape Town International Airport, South Africa
It has an annual passenger throughput of 10.82 million passengers. The airport is the main international airport serving Cape Town and the second busiest airport in South Africa, handling approximately 117 passenger flights per day.
8. Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
The airport has an annual passenger throughput of 12.1 million passengers. It was formerly known as Haier Selassie International Airport I and is now the hub of Ethiopian Airlines.
The port handles approximately 137 passenger flights every day to 106 destinations.
9. Egypt’s Cairo International Airport
The airport has 15 million passengers per year. The CIA is the largest and busiest airport in Egypt. It handles approximately 175 passenger flights every day and flies to approximately 84 destinations around the world.
The airport has multiple terminals, located in an area of 37 square kilometers, as the main hub of Egypt Air, Express, and Nile Air.
10. South Africa’s O.R. Tambo International Airport
The airport has an annual passenger throughput of 21.7 million passengers. It’s located in Kempton Park, Gauteng Province, South Africa.
The airport was formerly known as Johannesburg International Airport until 2006. It is the main airport for domestic and international travel to and from South Africa.
It is the busiest airport in Africa, handling up to 28 million passengers per year and handling an average of 282 passenger flights per day. It is the hub of South African Airways.