Cape Town Airport

Travel through Cape Town International Airport for the Best Flying Experience

Cape Town International Airport replaced the old Wingfeild Aerodrome in 1954 and is located approximately 20 kilometers away from the central city. It is one of the busiest airports of South Africa. It is the only airport in the busy metropolitan area of Cape Town that is offering scheduled passenger services. The airport comprises of separate international and domestic terminals connected via a common central terminal.


Cape Town International Airport opened shortly after OR Tambo International Airport opened on the Wiltwatersand which had replaced Cape Town’s previous airport, Wingfeild Aerodrome. CPT offered direct flights to Britain. It also offers flights to Britain through Johannesburg in the beginning.

Previously the airport was named D.F.Malan Airport after their prime minister. In 1990 the ownership of the airport fell in the hands of the newly formed company in South Africa from the state. The name of the airport was then changed to the Cape Town International Airport. In the initial years the amount of passengers per annum showed remarkable growth from 6.2 million per annum in 2004-05 to 8.4 million in 2007-08. The number declined to 7.8 million in 2008-09. For the 2010 FIFA World Cup the airport was renovated for which the main focus was the building of the Central Terminal Building that linked the domestic and the international terminals and provided a common check-in area. The Central Terminal opened in April 2010 while the departure opened in November 2009. The airport has been subjected to further extension for a second runway for the bigger aircrafts.


The Cape Town International Airport operates flights to both domestic and international destinations around the world. The airlines operating at the airport includes Air Franc, British Airways, Air Botswana, Airlink, Air Mauritius, Air Namibia, Edelweiss Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Condor, Emirates, Fly Safair, Lufthansa, Mango, Namibia, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Skywise Airlines, South African Airways, South African Express, TAAG Angola Airlines, Turkish Airlines etc.      


The Cape Town international Airport have received many awards for the services that are provided to the passengers landing there from all around the world. The awards include.

·         Best Airport in Africa by SKYTRAX World Airport Awards held on 10 April 2013

·         Best Airport in Africa for Staff Service and Excellence by SKYTRAX World Awards, April 2013

·         Best Airport in Africa, SKYTRAX 2012

·         Best Airport in Africa for staff Service and Excellence, SKYTRAX 2012

·         Best Improved Airport in Africa, 2011

·         Best Airport for Staff Service and Excellence, 2011

·         The Cape Town International Airport received International Standards Organization 14001:2004 from the South African Bureau of standards (SABS) Approvals Board. This accreditation was issued in March 2011.

Routes and Destination

The popular international destinations served by the Cape Town International Airport include London, Doha, Dubai, Singapore, Mauritius, Munich, Zurich, Paris, Istanbul, London, Amsterdam, Luanda etc.

The domestic destinations reachable via Cape town Airport includes Johannesburg, Upington, Nespruit, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Oranjemund, George, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Amputo and many more.

How to Check-In

Operations of the airport have been divided into two levels. The upper level is dedicated to the departures while arrivals are dealt with downstairs. The newly opened Central Terminal Building provides the check-in for both kinds of passengers. There are 120 check-in desks and around 20 self-check-in kiosks in the building. The check-in procedures are made at the counters dedicated to a certain airline whereas the passengers walk up to their respective airline counter and the airline staff or their handling agent deals with the check-in. The specific time until which the passengers are required to check-in before the flights can vary from 15 minutes to 3 hours. The customers are then required to go through a combined security screening area before they are divided in between domestic or international passengers. Domestic passengers head towards south and reach the domestic terminal. The international passengers go towards north and arrive at the international terminal which comprises of the immigration and custom facilities. The travelers are then transferred to their designated aircraft through a bus to the aircraft.


After landing at the airport the passengers are shifted from the plane to the airport arrival terminal through a bus from where they collect their luggage from the old part of terminals after which they move on to the new Central Terminal Building. There is the capacity of handling 30,000 bags per hour at the terminal which is accessible through the new passageways.


The seating position can be confirmed online or at the airport’s desk. This step makes it easier for the passengers during departure and avoids any hassle.

Booking Fee

Every airline has a different terms and conditions for booking seats. Therefore, while booking the passengers must check these during the booking process through the airline’s website. 

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 Airport Contact Details

Cape Town Airport

Private Bag X9002,
Cape Town International Airport 7525,

Tel:+27 (0)21 9371200
Fax:+27 (0)21 9362937


 Location Details

Longitude:18° 36' 7'' E
Latitude:33° 57' 52'' S

 Airport Location

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