Sublime vistas welcome all visitors to Cape Town International Airport, the incoming flight route taking planes over the Table Mountain chain with the city shimmering beneath the wingtips. Located in the east of Cape Town, within 30 minutes’ drive of the central suburbs, this modern airport is one of the largest in Africa. Its flight network includes many daily flights to Johannesburg and Durban plus intercontinental connections to Europe and the Middle East.
The single terminal is split across two floors. All departing passengers leave from the first floor, where there are various restaurants and shops before and after customs. Arriving passengers enter on the airport’s ground floor, with the terminal split into two wings for international and domestic flights. The central lobby has a handful of cafes plus ATMs and a currency exchange.
An excellent airport bus was installed for the 2010 World Cup and provides a non-stop connection between Cape Town International and the city’s central MyCiti bus terminal. There are official taxi companies with booths throughout arrivals. Passengers are assigned a driver who brings the vehicle to a car park directly outside arrivals.
Cape Town International Airport is one of the world’s largest airports not to have connecting flights. Cape Town is on the very tip of Africa, and it’s thousands of kilometres to the next landmass, either west to South America or south to Antarctica.