About King Phalo Airport

While this airport is probably best known simply as East London Airport, it was officially renamed to King Phalo Airport in 2021, and was previously called Ben Schoeman. Being situated in East London, it is a convenient base for travellers that are visiting this city (also known as Buffalo City), as well as those travelling anywhere between Mthatha and Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape. For those that have booked tourist accommodation in East London, this will likely be your launching pad for all sorts of fun.

From here, there are about 20 to 30 domestic flights to Port Elizabeth, Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town every day.

The following airlines make use of the King Phalo Airport

• South African Airways
• Kulula
• Airlink
• Fly Safair
• South African Express

There are cargo flights to Johannesburg too, courtesy of BidAir Cargo.

This airport is entirely disabled-friendly, is well-equipped with rental car services, and is currently one of the fastest growing airports in the country in terms of passenger numbers. There are two asphalt runways (one of just over 1.5 kilometres and the other of 1.9 kilometres).

It was originally built in 1927, but was relocated to its current position – just 9 kilometres from the city centre of East London – in 1965. Since then, there have been many alterations to make it the well-equipped, convenient airport that it is today.

Thanks to its being so close to many of the hotels in East London, visitors are assured of having easy access to the many local activities and attractions from the moment that they arrive. East London is only about 3.5 hours’ drive from Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) and 2.5 hours from the world-famous Addo Elephant National Park.

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WhereEast London, 5200, Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa


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