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March 15, 2013

Top five things worth knowing about Cape Town International Airport

With more than 20 airline carriers, visitor-friendly upgrades and punctual flights, it's little wonder that Cape Town International Airport is known as the Best Airport in Africa. Photo courtesy of arbtrg

Cape Town International Airport has been rated the Best Airport in Africa for the third year in a row by the Airports Council International (ACI). It is also one of five airports in the world (for 2012) nominated for inclusion on the Director General’s Roll of Excellence. So what makes Cape Town International Airport so special?

Better and better

Visitors to Cape Town International in recent years would have noticed major upgrades to the central terminal building, upper and lower roadway, and the passenger-loading bridges, as well as a new pick-up-and-go-parking area.

Watching arrivals and departures

Children – and the child in all of us – will be delighted to know that the thrill of watching planes arrive and depart is part of the experience thanks to large-scale glass viewing walls provided in several lounges.

Accolades galore

Cape Town International Airport also won the Best Airport in Africa award at the ACI Global Awards in February 2012, as well as Best Airport in Africa and Best Airport in Africa for Staff Service Excellence at the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards in April 2012. Acsa Cape Town International Airport has also received International Standards Organisation accreditation from the South African Bureau of Standards Approvals Board.

Connecting with the city

Launched during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the My CiTi shuttle service provides a safe, clean, punctual transport option between the airport and the Civic Centre in central Cape Town. A one-way ticket costs R57 and the trip takes 30 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

Shop, relax and refuel

There are more than 20 airlines servicing Cape Town International Airport, both domestic and international carriers. The central terminal building is a hive of activity 24/7, with shops, services and restaurants offering travellers a welcome opportunity to recharge.

TIP: If travelling by car from the airport towards Table Mountain, there are many route options – keep going along the N2 into the city centre, or follow signage to the Northern or Southern Suburbs from the highway. Navigate like a local and use Table Mountain as your point of reference.

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