Advice for travellers
Cape Town International AirportCape Town International is South Africa's second-largest airport, and a prime tourism gateway serving millions of visitors arriving in the Mother City every year. Traffic through the airport reflects this: in 2005, around 60 000 aircraft ferrying 6.7-million passengers were recorded; by 2015, 14-million passengers are expected to pass through Cape Town International. The airport is the second busiest in South Africa, and the third busiest in Africa, coming in behind OR Tambo and Cairo. Cape Town International is world-class and was named Africa's leading airport in the 2012 World Airport Awards, with OR Tambo International (Johannesburg) coming in second, and King Shaka International coming in third.
Getting aroundThe airport is 22 kilometres from the city centre, with a range of transport options to get you where you need to go. Besides car rental services, these include metered taxis and private shuttle services. Travellers are advised to arrive at the airport at least one-and-a-half hours before the departure time of their domestic flight, or three hours before the departure time of an international flight.
- Acsa flight information: +27 (0)86 727 7888
- For a list of South Africa car rental companies, see Driving in South Africa
- For information on parking, contact the Landside hotline +27 (0)21 935 3737.
- For route maps, schedules and fare details, see MyCiti.
UpgradesThe airport was overhauled in time for the 2010 World Cup, with a focus on the R1,6-million Central Terminal. Apart from extensions to the existing terminal buildings, millions of rand was earmarked for the construction of parkades, two new satellite terminals, and an expanded runway system.
FacilitiesThe airport offers convenient, international-standard banking, forex and car rental services. Most retail shops, including bookshops, clothing an souvenir shops, are on the lower level (arrivals) of the Central terminal. There is wi-fi available at the airport, with hotspots throughout the terminals. Pay- as-you-go vouchers are available.
Special needs passengersPassengers requiring special access can contact the Landside hotline number on +27 (0) 21 935 3737 and use the same hotline to organise a wheelchair to take them from the terminal to their car. If you are a special needs passenger, contact your airline 48 hours in advance to arrange for wheelchair assistance.
- For more information, including passenger services, flight information, weather, maps and business opportunities, visit Airports Company South Africa.
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