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2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards: Three SA airports claim awards

These three South African airports have claimed coveted 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards. Read more here.

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It’s good news for three South African airports at the recently held 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards. A ceremony was hosted in Frankfurt, Germany, this week in which the world’s best airports were honoured in various categories. Skytrax has been running the World Airline and Airport Star Rating system for 25 years.

Since 1999 it has evaluated airlines and airports based on quality and service. Ranking first globally is Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. Next is Singapore’s Changi Airport in second place. And Seoul Incheon Airport in South Korea completes the podium places.


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Cape Town International Airport has been awarded best airport in Africa. Image: X/@XHNews

The top three South African airports are Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport in KwaZulu-Natal, and OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng. They each won awards in the highly sought-after competition.

  • Best Airport in Africa and Best Airport Staff in Africa: Cape Town International Airport.
  • Best Regional Airport in Africa: King Shaka International Airport.
  • Best Airport Hotel and third Best Airport in Africa: OR Tambo International Airport.

This is the ninth consecutive year Cape Town was named best airport in Africa. And fourth year in a row for best airport staff on the continent. Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) says these are coveted accolades for airports across the world, and a global benchmark of airport excellence. Each achievement marks a moment of immense pride for all of us,” says Mpumi Mpofu, ACSA CEO.


  1. Doha Hamad Airport
  2. Singapore Changi Airport
  3. Seoul Incheon Airport
  4. Tokyo Haneda Airport
  5. Tokyo Narita Airport
  6. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
  7. Dubai Airport
  8. Munich Airport
  9. Zurich Airport
  10. Istanbul Airport
  11. Hong Kong Airport
  12. Rome Fiumicino Airport
  13. Vienna Airport
  14. Helsinki-Vantaa
  15. Madrid-Barajas
  16. Centrair Nagoya Airport
  17. Vancouver Airport
  18. Kansai Airport
  19. Melbourne Airport
  20. Copenhagen Airport


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One of South Africa’s airports recently ranked as the best airport in Africa. Photo: Jimmy Baikovicius / flickr

Besides their top ranking, Hamad International Airport in Doha also wins World’s Best Airport Shopping and Best Middle Eastern Airport. Singapore’s Changi Airport also wins Best Airport in Asia and the World’s Best Airport Immigration Service. Seoul Incheon Airport is also named the World’s Most Family Friendly Airport. If you’re into cleanliness, Tokyo Haneda Airport was declared the World’s Cleanest Airport.

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