Western Cape Tourist AttractionsCape Town International Airport
Where? Matroosfontein, Cape Town
How? Call +27 (0)21 937-1275
Cape Town International Airport is the base from which millions of international travellers begin their exploration of this uniquely beautiful country. It is the second largest airport in South Africa, second only to the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Gauteng. It is also one of the biggest airports on the continent, fast approaching the figures of Cairo’s massive airport in Egypt.
The major renovations that have taken place in recent years have meant that it is not only bigger, but also even more amply equipped to accommodate the many passengers and visitors that enter its doors on a daily basis. These renovations meant Cape Town International Airport’s winning the World Airport Award in 2012. It was also awarded the respected Best Airport in Africa accolade in April 2013.
Flights depart from Cape Town to destinations all over the world on a daily basis, and this airport hosts a variety of the best known airlines. These include British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qatar, Malaysia Airlines, Air Mauritius, Virgin Atlantic, Singapore Airlines, and South African Airways. Local airlines include Kulula.com, Mango, and Airlink.
Cape Town International Airport has dozens of restaurants and coffee shops, inviting travellers on a stop-over or families waiting for their loved ones to arrive to enjoy quick snacks, delicious gourmet meals, or a refreshing cocktail within the warm surrounds. Some of the well-known franchises and most popular dining spots include Mugg & Bean, Steers, Subway, Wimpy, Ocean Basket, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Vide Café, Primi Piatti, Spur and Woolworths Food.
A Smokers’ Lounge is situated in the international departures terminal, in which smoking passengers are invited to enjoy the internet access and elegant surrounds with excellent extraction features. There are a number of transportation services available to and from the airport. These include car hire services, taxis, and shuttles. There is also plenty of undercover, secure parking available for both long- and short-term requirements.
Cape Town International Airport has a well-equipped conference centre that is situated in the Southern Office Block. This makes the airport an ideal spot in which corporate guests can conduct their meetings, training sessions or formal discussions. There are four individual venues, which accommodate between six and 80 delegates. The amenities and facilities are of a world-class standard and the ambience is comfortable and professional.
The airport is just over 20 kilometres from the City Bowl of Cape Town and all of the tourist attractions associated with the Mother City. Cape Town accommodation, guesthouses and hotels in Cape Town are within close proximity too, making this international airport a convenient, centrally situated springboard for travellers. The world-famous Cape winelands of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Somerset West and Franschhoek are all within less than an hour’s drive from the airport. Other popular attractions in Cape Town are Table Mountain, Camps Bay, the V&A Waterfront, Long Street, the CTICC, the Bo-Kaap and the vibrant city vibe of the City Bowl.
Cape Town Airport represents the elegance and first-world appeal of the city while introducing visitors to the true style and heartbeat that is South Africa.