July 13, 2024

Top 15 Busiest Airports in Africa in 2024

Air travel in Africa is set to surpass pre-pandemic levels in 2024, with a significant increase in flight traffic. Discover the top 15 busiest airports on the continent, showcasing the robust recovery and growth of Africa’s aviation sector.

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Air travel in Africa is poised to surpass pre-pandemic levels for the first time in 2024. From Cairo, home to Africa’s second-oldest airport, to Johannesburg, which uniquely offers direct flights to six continents, the continent’s aviation sector is on a robust recovery trajectory.

A report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlights a significant 20.7% year-on-year increase in international passenger traffic for African airlines. This surge in capacity, up by 22.1% year-on-year, shows the growth within Africa’s aviation sector. This expansion mirrors a global trend, with total passenger traffic exceeding pre-pandemic levels by 5.7% in February 2024.

In this context, we present a list of the busiest airports in Africa based on flight traffic in 2024.

Methodology

This list highlights the busiest airports in Africa, measured by the number of scheduled daily departures, rather than the number of passengers. It includes only scheduled passenger flights and excludes freighters or chartered flights. This data is sourced from FlightsFrom.com, a travel tool website that publishes airline routes and schedules worldwide.

Top 15 Busiest Airports in Africa

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15. Durban International Airport (DUR)

  • Average daily flights: 55
  • Busiest route: Johannesburg (JNB) with 204 weekly departures
  • Key international destinations: Dubai (DXB), Harare (HRE)
  • Leading airline: Safair
Photo Source: Arg1 Africa

14. Kotoka International Airport (ACC)

  • Average daily flights: 57
  • Busiest route: Kumasi (KMS) with 88 weekly departures
  • Key international destinations: Lagos (LOS), Abidjan (ABJ)
  • Leading airline: Africa World Airlines
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13. Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ)

  • Average daily flights: 70
  • Busiest route: Dar Es Salaam (DAR) with 221 weekly departures
  • Key international destinations: Nairobi (NBO), Mombasa (MBA)
  • Leading airline: Auric Air
Photo Source: Logistics Update Africa

12. Dar Es Salaam International Airport (DAR)

  • Average daily flights: 75
  • Busiest route: Zanzibar (ZNZ) with 173 weekly departures
  • Key international destinations: Nairobi (NBO), Addis Ababa (ADD)
  • Leading airline: Air Tanzania
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11. Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK)

  • Average daily flights: 79
  • Busiest route: Paris Orly (ORY) with 45 weekly flights
  • Key domestic destinations: Casablanca (CMN), Fes (FEZ)
  • Leading airline: Ryanair
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10. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV)

  • Average daily flights: 79
  • Busiest route: Lagos (LOS) with 178 weekly departures
  • Key international destinations: Accra (ACC), Lome (LFW)
  • Leading airline: Air Peace
Photo Source:Live and Let’s Fly

9. Tunis–Carthage International Airport (TUN)

  • Average daily flights: 83
  • Busiest route: Mitiga, Tripoli (MJI) with 52 weekly flights
  • Key domestic destinations: Djerba (DJE), Sfax (SFA)
  • Leading airline: Tunisair
Photo Source:  The African Aviation Tribune

8. Houari Boumediene Airport (ALG)

  • Average daily flights: 100
  • Busiest route: Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) with 69 weekly flights
  • Key domestic destinations: Oran (ORN), Constantine (CZL)
  • Leading airline: Air Algerie
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7. Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS)

  • Average daily flights: 101
  • Busiest route: Abuja (ABV) with 178 weekly flights
  • Key international destinations: Accra (ACC), Doha (DOH)
  • Leading airline: Air Peace
Photo Source: SAPeople

6. Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

  • Average daily flights: 103
  • Busiest route: Johannesburg (JNB) with 301 weekly flights
  • Key international destinations: Windhoek (WDH), Dubai (DXB)
  • Leading airline: Safair
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5. Mohammed V International Airport (CMN)

  • Average daily flights: 104
  • Busiest route: Paris Orly (ORY) with 46 weekly flights
  • Key domestic destinations: Marrakech (RAK), Agadir (AGA)
  • Leading airline: Royal Air Maroc
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4. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)

  • Average daily flights: 123
  • Busiest route: Mombasa (MBA) with 147 weekly flights
  • Key international destinations: Kigali (KGL), Entebbe (EBB)
  • Leading airline: Kenya Airways
Photo Source: Skytrax

3. Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD)

  • Average daily flights: 194
  • Busiest route: Bahar Dar (BJR) with 106 weekly flights
  • Key international destinations: Dubai (DXB), Rome (FCO)
  • Leading airline: Ethiopian Airlines
Photo Source: Eways Aviation

2. Cairo International Airport (CAI)

  • Average daily flights: 243
  • Busiest route: Jeddah (JED) with 211 weekly flights
  • Key domestic destinations: Hurghada (HRG), Sharm el Sheikh (SSH)
  • Leading airline: EgyptAir
Photo Source: SA Good News

1. Johannesburg International Airport (JNB)

  • Average daily flights: 251
  • Busiest route: Cape Town (CPT) with 300 weekly flights
  • Key international destinations: Harare (HRE), Lusaka (LUN)
  • Leading airline: Airlink

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