A Guide to Major Airports in Africa

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While there are thousands of airports across Africa, many are on the smaller side and service primarily domestic flights. But there are a few dozen major international airports across the continent that travelers are most likely to frequent, especially if they're flying in from abroad.

Algeria: Houari Boumediene Airport (ALG)

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  • Location: 10.5 miles southeast of Algiers
  • Pros: Many routes, especially abroad
  • Cons: Outrageously long lines for security and immigration; very confusing for foreign travelers; reportedly rude staff; very outdated facilities
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis are available, as are public buses. Many tourists take private hotel shuttles.

In 2018, 7.9 million passengers flew through Algeria's busiest airport, Houari Boumediene, set just outside Algiers. The airport is a hub for Air Algérie and Tassili Airlines, two local airlines that fly domestically and abroad. There are also routes on Air France, British Airways, Qatar, Turkish, and Vueling, among other international airlines. Travelers lament the outdated facilities and extensive delays at security and immigration, not to mention the rude staff that isn't helpful to travelers attempting to navigate the confusing processes.

A brand new terminal, however, opened in 2019, and its facilities are much more modern.

Angola: Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport (LAD)

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  • Location: 2.5 miles south of the capital, Luanda
  • Pros: Largest airport in Angola with the most routes
  • Cons: No air conditioning; lack of outlets for charging
  • Ground Transportation: Organize your transport through a hotel, as taxis are not always available.

This is Angola's only major international airport, located just outside the capital, Luanda. In 2018, 5.6 million people flew through it, flying on both international airlines like Air France, Emirates, Lufthansa, and Ethiopian, but also on Angola's national carrier, TAAG. As of July 2019, a new airport, Angola International Airport, is being constructed nearby, which will be far bigger and more modern than Quatro de Fevereiro.

Botswana: Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE)

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  • Location of the Airport: 9 miles north of the capital, Gaborone
  • Pros: Largest and busiest airport in Botswana
  • Cons: Not many restaurants or shops
  • Ground Transportation: While taxis are available, most transports to and from the airport are courtesy mini-buses from high-end hotels.

Located just outside the capital, Gaborone, Sir Seretse Khama International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Botswana, though it's still quite small by international standards. It only handles a handful of flights each day, operated primarily by Air Botswana, Air Namibia, Ethiopian Airlines, Airlink, and South African Express. As a relatively small airport, facilities are limited, but the infrastructure is modern.

Burkina Faso: Thomas Sankara International Airport Ouagadougou (OUA)

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  • Location: 1 mile southeast of Ouagadougou
  • Pros: Very close to the city center
  • Cons: Limited shopping and dining
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis are available, but the airport is so close to downtown that you could walk.

Burkina Faso's largest airport is in the capital city of Ouagadougou—quite literally, as it's located just a mile from the city center. Air Burkina, the country's national carrier, is based here, while international airlines like Air France, Royal Air Maroc, Ethiopian Airlines, and Turkish fly routes here. Given its proximity to the city center, there's no room for the airport to expand, so there's a new facility being built some 19 miles from Ouagadougou in the village of Donsin.

Cameroon: Douala International Airport (DLA)

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  • Location: 4 miles southeast of Douala city center
  • Pros: A variety of international routes
  • Cons: Still in need of infrastructure upgrades, despite renovations from 2016 to 2019
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis are available 24 hours a day, and there's also a public bus. Hotels provide mini-buses, too.

More than 1.5 million people fly through this airport in the Cameroonian capital of Douala each year. It's a hub for Camair-Co, the flag carrier of the country, and it's serviced by such international airlines as Air France, Brussels, Turkish, and Kenya Airways, among others. Renovations from 2016 through 2019 upgraded the facilities, but travelers report that even more work should be done.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: N'djili International Airport (FIH)

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  • Location: About 16 miles from Kinshasa's city center
  • Pros: Most routes of all Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) airports
  • Cons: Fees for simply traveling through the airport for both arrivals and departures; chaotic terminal is confusing to travelers
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis are readily available, but be wary of scammers. There are no public transportation options.

Serving more than 800,000 passengers annually, N'dijili International Airport is the DRC's busiest facility. It's a hub for Congo Airways, which has been expanding its routes to international destinations since May 2018: it flies to Johannesburg in South Africa and Douala in Cameroon. Other airlines that fly here include Air France, Ethiopian, Kenya, and Turkish. Travelers report exorbitant fees of up to $55 to simply pass through the airport for both arrivals and departures. Facilities are relatively modern, but navigating the airport can be difficult.

Egypt: Cairo International Airport (CAI)

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  • Location: 9.5 miles northeast of Cairo's city center
  • Pros: Great global connectivity
  • Cons: Not easy to navigate; congested
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis are plentiful. Buses and mini-buses, which are much cheaper, can bring you to Midan Tahrir, the transport hub of Cairo in the city center. Many guests have their hotels book private transfers for them. Whatever method of transportation you take, expect extensive traffic delays during rush hour.

As one of the busiest transportation centers in the whole of Africa—17.5 million passengers flew through in 2018—Cairo International Airport can be a bit overwhelming. It has three terminals serving numerous international airlines, including Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa, Saudia, and Turkish, among many others. It's also the hub for Egypt's flagship carrier EgyptAir, as well as smaller airline Nile Air.

Egypt: Borg Al Arab International Airport (HBE)

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  • Location: 25 miles southwest of Alexandria
  • Pros: Ideal for flights to the Middle East–North Africa region (MENA)
  • Cons: Limited international routes beyond MENA; no air conditioning or WiFi in the terminal
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis and Uber (which many travelers prefer) are available at the airport, or you can book private transfers through your hotel. There are also buses and mini-buses, but they don't run very frequently.

More than 2 million passengers travel through Borg Al Arab International Airport annually, the majority of whom are traveling to and from the port city of Alexandria from areas around the Middle East and North Africa. Travelers report that the airport, while somewhat modern, lacks conveniences like air conditioning and WiFi. It's also tough to navigate.

Egypt: Hurghada International Airport (HRG)

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  • Location: 3 miles southwest of Hurghada
  • Pros: Modern terminal with air conditioning
  • Cons: Going through security can take a long time; very expensive food and drink
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis are available 24 hours a day. There are also mini-buses—it's recommended you haggle the price with the driver, as stops are not fixed, but are made by the request of passengers

Hurghada International Airport is Egypt's second busiest after Cairo, with 6.6 million passengers flying through in 2018. It's a gateway to the resorts on the west side of the Red Sea, so you'll find many European holidaymakers choosing this airport. As such, there's great airlift to Europe on airlines like Austrian, Brussels, EasyJet, and Thomas Cook, though many routes are seasonal. The airport is a new build and thus has modern facilities, but travelers report excessive lines to get through the multiple rounds of security.

The food and drink options are also quite pricey, which is unusual for Egypt.

Egypt: Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH)

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  • Location: 6 miles north of Na'ama Bay
  • Pros: Small but modern terminals that are easy to navigate
  • Cons: Overcrowding and extremely long lines at security are a common problem
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis are available, and you're expected to haggle over the price. The majority of foreign travelers book private transportation through their hotels or tour operators.

Formerly known as Ophira Airport, Sharm El Sheikh International Airport is a major airport on the Sinai Peninsula, located near the resorts along the Red Sea. In 2018, 3.7 million people traversed its two terminals. While some international airlines Like TUI Fly, Turkish, and Saudia offer year-round flights, many other operators only fly in seasonally. Egypt's domestic airlines, however, fly in daily. While the airport is relatively modern—Terminal 1 opened in 2007, and Terminal 2 underwent a major renovation in 2004—travelers bemoan the chaos of departures, as check-in and security lines can take hours to get through.

Egypt: Luxor Airport (LXR)

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  • Location of the Airport: 6 miles from the city center
  • Pros: Not crowded
  • Cons: Lack of shopping and dining
  • Getting to and From the Airport: Taxis are plentiful, and haggling over the price is normal. Many passengers have their hotel or tour operator book a transfer. You can also rent a car here.

While most flights to this small airport are from Cairo on Egyptair, there are a handful of international routes, including seasonal service to London's Heathrow and year-round service to Brussels on TUI Fly, Kuwait on Jazeera, and Milan-Malpensa on Neos. Most travelers through Luxor are here to visit ancient sites like the Valley of the Kings. Though the airport is small and lacking diverse shopping and dining options, there is typically friendly service throughout.

Ethiopia: Bole International Airport (ADD)

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  • Location of the Airport: 4 miles southeast of Addis Ababa
  • Pros: An extensive international route network
  • Cons: Facilities are lacking, even in the new terminal that opened in 2019; can get overcrowded
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis, regular mini-buses, coaches run to and from the city center.

Ethiopia is a leader in aviation in Africa—its main airport, Bole International, served more than 12 million passengers in 2018, making it the biggest transfer hub for destinations in sub-Saharan Africa. (According to Quartz, it overtook this title from Dubai.) Its national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, which is the largest airline on the continent, is hubbed here. In January 2019, a new terminal opened at the airport, nearly doubling its capacity, but travelers still complain of a lack of amenities like outlets and functioning bathrooms.

Ghana: Kotoka International Airport (ACC)

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  • Location of the Airport: 5 miles from the Accra's city center
  • Pros: Modern facilities; great routes
  • Cons: Can get crowded at security and immigration
  • Ground Transportation: You can take private or shared taxis throughout at any time of day. Buses are also available, as are hotel shuttles.

Some 2.5 million passengers travel through Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana each year, flying on Africa World Airlines (the country's flagship carrier), Delta, British Airways, Turkish, and many other airlines. While the airport started as a military facility during World War II, it's now a world-class commercial airport, thanks in part to a $274 million expansion that was completed in 2018.

Ivory Coast: Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport (ABJ)

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  • Location: 10 miles southeast of Abidjan
  • Pros: Updated facilities; many international routes
  • Cons: Can get crowded
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis are available all day and night. You can also take a public bus. A metro station is being constructed at the airport and is expected to open in 2023.

The Ivory Coast's major airport is Félix-Houphouët-Boigny, located in the economic capital city of Abidjan. It's a hub for Air Côte d'Ivoire, the country's flagship carrier, but it also serves a number of airlines like Air France, Emirates, TAP Air Portugal, and Turkish. In 2017, 2.1 million passengers traveled through the airport's modern terminal.

Kenya: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)

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  • Location of the Airport: 9 miles southeast of the capital city, Nairobi, in Embakasi
  • Pros: Major international routes
  • Cons: Some areas after security are lacking in facilities (bathrooms, restaurants, shopping)
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis are available all day and night, and many hotels offer shuttles.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in East Africa, serving 7.1 million passengers in 2018. Kenya Airways is hubbed at this airport, but numerous international airlines—including Air France, China Southern, Etihad, and Swiss—fly here from cities across Europe and Asia.

Madagascar: Ivato International Airport (TNR)

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  • Location of the Airport: 10 miles north of the capital, Antananarivo
  • Pros: Busiest airport in Madagascar
  • Cons: Travelers report frequent scams and requests for bribes
  • Ground Transportation: There are taxis available. Local buses connect the airport and the city center, but they can be confusing to use. It's likely easiest to organize transportation with your hotel or tour operator.

In 2016, Madagascar's Ivato International Airport served nearly 850,000 passengers, making it the busiest airport in the country—it's the primary airport for international routes. Air Madagascar is the flagship carrier, flying routes to numerous countries including France, Comoros, China, South Africa, and Mauritius. Its subsidiary Tsaradia handles domestic flights within Madagascar. Other airlines that service Ivato include Air France, Ethiopian, and Turkish, among others. Travelers report that airport staff (or people purporting to be airport staff) might ask for bribes to allow your luggage to pass through security.

Malawi: Kamuzu International Airport (LLW)

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  • Location of the Airport: 16 miles north of the capital city, Lilongwe
  • Pros: Small and easy to navigate
  • Cons: No shops or restaurants beyond security
  • Ground Transportation: An airport shuttle bus takes passengers to the main hotels in town during the day. Taxis are also available.

Kamuzu International Airport, also known as Lilongwe, is the largest airport in Malawi, though it's quite small by international standards. Malawian Airlines is the national carrier (it's hubbed here), and it flies across the country, as well as to several countries in Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa. A few international airlines also connect to nearby countries. The airport is quite small, and most of the facilities are pre-security.

Mauritius: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU)

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  • Location of the Airport: 30 miles from the capital, Port Louis
  • Pros: Well-maintained facilities
  • Cons: Lines at immigration can get long
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis are readily available, though most hotels set up transfers for their guests.

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, also known as Plaisance International Airport, is the busiest in Mauritius, with 4.1 million travelers flying through in 2018. It's a hub for Air Mauritius, but many other international airlines fly here from Europe and Asia, including British Airways, Emirates, and TUI.

Morocco: Mohammed V International Airport (CMN)

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  • Location of the Airport: 20 miles from Casablanca
  • Pros: Numerous international routes
  • Cons: Incredibly crowded and poorly organized
  • Ground Transportation: There are two public transportation options: a train and a bus, though they don't run 24 hours a day. You can grab a taxi outside the terminal.

Serving 9.7 million passengers in 2018, Mohammed V International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Africa. Its travelers come from a range of countries: National carrier Royal Air Maroc flies to five continents from its hub here, and those routes are supplemented by numerous other airlines like Air Canada, Eurowings, and Qatar. Given the large numbers of passengers, lines can get backed up at security and immigration—passengers report that navigating the airport can be confusing, exacerbated by chaotic crowds.

Morocco: Marrakech Al Menara Airport (RAK)

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  • Location of the Airport: 4 miles outside of the city center
  • Pros: Beautiful, modern architecture
  • Cons: Very crowded, confusing processes for security and immigration
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis—both private and shared—are available 24 hours a day. A local bus service stops just outside the airport.

Though less busy than Mohammed V International Airport, Marrakech Al Menara Airport is still one of the busiest in Africa, serving 5.2 million passengers in 2018. While Royal Air Maroc does fly here, the airline with the largest number of routes is actually budget carrier Ryanair. Other budget airlines fly here from Europe, too, including Wizz Air, easyJet, Transavia, and Vueling. The airport is noted for its modern architecture, though travelers report a chaotic scene inside, including large lines at immigration and security.

Nigeria: Murtala Mohammed International Airport (LOS)

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  • Location of the Airport: 8 miles northwest of Lagos
  • Pros: Great shopping
  • Cons: Crowded
  • Ground Transportation: While buses are an option, most foreign travelers opt to take a taxi (be sure to haggle the price before you get in) or private transfer organized by their hotel.

As the most populous country in Africa—some 180 million live here—Nigeria is understandably home to one of the continent's busiest airports, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, which saw 6.3 million passengers in 2018. Between 2010 and 2019, the airport has continually been undergoing renovations to modernize its facilities. Today, passengers are treated to great shopping in its terminals. While there's no national airline in Nigeria, a number of smaller Nigerian airlines are hubbed here, and there's a vast range of international airlines that fly in, too, like Delta, Virgin Atlantic, Royal Air Maroc, and EgyptAir.

Nigeria: Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV)

  • Location: 25 miles west of Abuja
  • Pros: Modern facilities, notably in the international terminal
  • Cons: Crowded in the domestic terminal
  • Ground Transportation: There's a bus, but many travelers take taxis, which are readily available outside the terminal.

Though Murtala Mohammed International Airport sees the lion's share of international traffic, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport holds its own, with 3.6 million passengers flying through in 2018. Like Murtala Mohammed, a handful of Nigerian airlines are hubbed here, but there are also international routes serviced by Air France, Ethiopian, and Emirates, among others. In December 2018, it was announced that a new terminal would be built to accommodate even more passengers.

Réunion: Roland Garros Airport (RUN)

  • Location of the Airport: 5 miles from the center of St. Denis
  • Pros: Not typically overcrowded
  • Cons: Not much to do inside—most shopping and dining is pre-security
  • Ground Transportation: You can take buses or taxis from this airport.

Though the island of Reunion, which is an overseas department of France, might only be 970 square miles in size, its major airport, Roland Garros, sees nearly 3 million passengers each year, many of whom are holidaymakers from Europe. The flagship carrier of the island is Air Austral, which flies to France, Thailand, India, Comoros, Seychelles, and Madagascar. Several French airlines fly here, as do Air Madagascar and Air Mauritius.

Rwanda: Kigali International Airport (KGL)

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  • Location of the Airport: 6 miles from the center of Kigali
  • Pros: Clean and efficiently run
  • Cons: There's nowhere to buy food near the gates
  • Ground Transportation: You can take taxis or mini-buses to get downtown.

Though a relatively small facility, Kigali International Airport is seeing its passenger count grow each year, with more than 700,000 passengers flying through in 2016, compared to 2004, which saw only 135,000 passengers. RwandAir is based here, but there are flights on KLM, Turkish, Brussels, Qatar, Kenya, and others. The airport is highly regarded for cleanliness and efficiency—just note that you should do all your dining and shopping before you clear the second security check to get to the gates.

Senegal: Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS)

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  • Location of the Airport: 27 miles from the capital, Dakar
  • Pros: Opened in December 2017, so facilities are very modern
  • Cons: Far from the city center
  • Ground Transportation: A rail link is scheduled to open in 2020. Till then, you'll have to take a taxi.

Blaise Diagne replaced Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport as Senegal's primary international airport when the latter became too small to handle the traffic arriving each year (more than 2 million passengers). Opened in December 2017, the airport is quite up-to-date in terms of infrastructure and services. It's the hub of Air Senegal, but it's also serviced by numerous African, Asian, American, and European airlines, including Delta, South African, Emirates, and Iberia, among many others.

Seychelles: Seychelles International Airport (SEZ)

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  • Location of the Airport: 6 miles from Victoria
  • Pros: Not crowded; clean facilities; good shopping and dining
  • Cons: Prices can be expensive at the shops and restaurants
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis are readily available at the airport, and a bus can take you to the main transportation center. Most hotels and resorts offer transfers to and from the airport.

More than a million people fly into Seychelles International Aiport each year, many of whom are vacationing at the resorts across the islands. The airport serves as the hub for Air Seychelles, which flies to South Africa, India, and Mauritius year-round, plus charters to specific islands in the country's archipelago. A number of international airlines fly here, including Air France, British Airways, Etihad, and Kenya. The airport is small but filled with great shopping and dining options.

South Africa: O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

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  • Location of the Airport: 13 miles east of Johannesburg
  • Pros: Modern terminals with plenty of shopping and dining
  • Cons: Can get very crowded; not the easiest to navigate
  • Ground Transportation: The Gautrain has a stop directly at the airport. There are buses, too, but they don't run as frequently as the train. You can also take a metered taxi or a pre-organized hotel shuttle.

O. R. Tambo International Airport is the busiest airport in Africa, with 20.8 million passengers traveling through in 2018, more than half of which flew domestically. The airport is a hub for South African Airways, which flies to destinations across all six inhabited continents, as well as a number of low-cost South African airlines. Many international carriers fly here, including many African airlines, plus Air China, Singapore, Qantas, LATAM, Delta, and others. There are six terminals at this sprawling airport, and it can be a little confusing to navigate the entire thing.

South Africa: Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

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  • Location of the Airport: 11 miles from the city center of Cape Town
  • Pros: One of the best airports in Africa, with great infrastructure and services
  • Cons: Not as many international routes as O. R. Tambo
  • Ground Transportation: If you're going the public transportation route, you can take a bus. Otherwise, taxis are plentiful.

Serving 10.7 million passengers in 2018, Cape Town International Airport is the second busiest in South Africa, serving as a hub for South African Express, Mango, and FlySafair. The airport has far fewer international routes than O. R. Tambo, though it still connects to other African countries, plus Europe and Asia. There's also a number of seasonal routes, including one on United to Newark in New Jersey, which is scheduled to launch in December 2019. Though it's quite a busy airport by African standards, the layout is well designed, meaning it's easy to navigate and never really feels too crowded.

South Africa: King Shaka International Airport (DUR)

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  • Location of the Airport: 20 miles from the city center of Durban
  • Pros: Modern, well-designed terminal with plenty of entertainment; very easy to navigate
  • Cons: Not as many routes as the other major South African airports
  • Ground Transportation: Airport shuttle services, buses, and metered taxis are readily available.

South Africa's third busiest airport is King Shaka International in Durban, which served 5.8 million passengers in 2018. Most of the airport's traffic is to Johannesburg or Cape Town, but there are international routes on airlines like Air Namibia, British Airways, Qatar, and Turkish. It's one of the best-designed airports in Africa, offering passengers an easy-to-navigate layout that's filled with shopping and dining. The airport is rarely overcrowded.

Sudan: Khartoum International Airport (KRT)

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  • Location: Khartoum city center
  • Pros: Set right in the city center
  • Cons: Poor infrastructure
  • Ground Transportation: Metered taxis or shared mini-buses are available outside the terminal.

Though Khartoum International Airport doesn't get high marks for its facilities, it's still one of the busiest in Africa, seeing 3.1 million passengers in 2016. A new facility that can handle a greater capacity is under construction 25 miles outside of Khartoum. For the time being, however, Sudan Airways has its hub at the current airport, flying to destinations around Africa and the Middle East. Most of the airlines that serve this airport are also based in Africa and the Middle East. Passengers report that the airport is outdated and dirty—problems that will hopefully be remedied with the opening of the new airport.

(The date is still TBD.)

Tanzania: Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)

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  • Location of the Airport: 8 miles southwest of Dar es Salaam
  • Pros: Great international connections
  • Cons: Basic, outdated facilities with limited shopping and dining
  • Getting to and From the Airport: Taxis are available, as are public buses, but tour operators and hotels usually offer private transfers.

Julius Nyerere International Airport served 2.4 million people in 2017—impressive given its relatively small size. Air Tanzania is hubbed here and flies across the African continent, as well as to India. International airlines that fly here include EgyptAir, Emirates, KLM, and Qatar, among others. The airport is a bit outdated and lacks extensive dining and shopping facilities, but it's a relatively modern space. Many international travelers will fly here before continuing onto Kilimanjaro (there's a small airport there).

Tanzania: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)

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  • Location: 3 miles from Zanzibar City
  • Pros: Not often crowded
  • Cons: Outdated with few amenities
  • Ground Transportation: Most visitors arrange private transfers with their hotels, but taxis are available.

Travelers visiting Zanzibar will fly into Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, which sees over a million passengers annually. The airport is quite small with extremely basic facilities (there's no AC, for instance), but it's serviceable. It's a hub for ZanAir but sees year-round flights on Air Tanzania, Ethiopian, Qatar, and Turkish, and it also has seasonal flights on Air Italy, TUI Fly Belgium, TUI Fly Netherlands, and Neos, among others.

Tunisia: Tunis-Carthage International Airport (TUN)

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  • Location of the Airport: 5 miles northeast of Tunis' city center
  • Pros: Direct flights to countries across Africa, Europe, and North America; close to Tunis' city center
  • Cons: Outdated facilities; some long delays at immigration
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis and buses are available.

Tunis–Carthage International Airport, a hub for Tunisair, served 6.2 million passengers in 2018. A number of airlines service this airport, including Air Europa, Air France, Lufthansa, and Royal Air Maroc, flying to destinations across Africa, Europe, and North America. The airport is older and in need of a refresh, but it has some shops and a small food court.

Tunisia: Enfidha–Hammamet International Airport (NBE)

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  • Location: 25 miles from Hammamet
  • Pros: Modern terminal
  • Cons: A bit disorganized; long lines
  • Ground Transportation: Most guests organize transfers with their hotels, but taxis and buses are available.

This airport is primarily used by tourists heading to the beach resorts along the Gulf of Hammamet. As such, numerous international airlines fly here on seasonal charters from across Europe. While the terminal is modern, travelers report confusion regarding security and immigration processes.

Tunisia: Djerba-Zarzis International Airport (DJE)

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  • Location: 9 miles from Djerba's city center
  • Pros: Quiet and clean airport
  • Cons: Outdated
  • Ground Transportation: Most guests organize transfers with their hotels, but taxis and buses (with unreliable schedules) are available.

Like Enfidha–Hammamet, Djerba-Zarzis is mainly used by European vacationers staying at beach resorts, primarily on the island of Djerba—most flights are seasonal charters from Europe. Despite serving 1.4 million passengers in 2017, the airport is hardly crowded, though its facilities are a little dated.

Uganda: Entebbe International Airport (EBB)

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  • Location of the Airport: Just outside the town of Entebbe on Lake Victoria and 21 miles from Kampala, Uganda's capital
  • Pros: Undergoing a 20-year modernization plan, with great strides made as of July 2019
  • Cons: Still in need of more upgrades
  • Ground Transportation: Hotels and tour operators often secure private transfers for guests, but taxis are available.

Entebbe is Uganda's only international airport, serving 1.5 million people annually. It's currently in the midst of a 20-year renovation program, which is scheduled to be completed in the mid-2030s. It's a hub for Eagle Air, which flies around Uganda and its neighboring East Africa countries, and it's serviced by international airlines like Turkish, Emirates, South African, and RwandAir, among others.

Zambia: Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN)

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  • Location of the Airport: 16 miles outside Lusaka
  • Pros: Friendly, helpful staff; in the midst of a renovation as of July 2019
  • Cons: A bit far from the city
  • Getting to and From the Airport: Taxis are available, but hotels and tour operators often arrange private or shared transfers.

In 2018, 1.4 million passengers traveled through Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Zambia's busiest. It's a hub for Proflight Zambia, which flies domestically and to neighboring countries, and it's also served by a number of African airlines, plus Turkish and Emirates. As of July 2019, the airport is undergoing a multi-year renovation to upgrade its facilities.

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