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9 BIGGEST AIRPORTS

9. UPINGTON AIRPORT

(Northern Cape) Direction: 17/35 Length.  : 4 900m Surface. : Asphalt

At 4900 metres, Upington is one of the longest runways in the world. The high elevation of the airport, extremely high summer temperatures and … Read More

8. KIMBERLY AIRPORT

(Northern Cape) Direction: 02/20 Length.  : 3 000m Surface. : Asphalt

Kimberley Airport lies at the heart of the Northern Cape, in a town most famous for the Big Hole, a landmark carved into the … Read More

7. BLOEMFONTEIN AIRPORT

(Free State) Direction: 02/20 Length.  : 2 559m Surface. : Asphalt

Bloemfontein Airport was opened in November 1961 by the then State President, Mr CR Swart. The runways were completed before the terminal buildings so … Read More

6.GEORGE AIRPORT

(Eastern Cape) Direction: 11/29 Length.  : 2 000m Surface. : Asphalt

George Airport was formerly known as P.W. Botha Airport, named after the state president who lived in this part of the country. This airport … Read More

5. EAST LONDON AIRPORT

(Eastern Cape) Direction: 11/29 Length.  : 1 935m Surface. : Asphalt

The airport had an inauspicious beginning in 1927, when Lieut Colonel Alistair Miller asked the East London town council to help establish a municipal aerodrome at … Read More

4. PORT ELIZABETH AIRPORT

 (Eastern Cape) Direction: 08/26 Length.  : 1 980m Surface. : Asphalt

Formerly H. F. Verwoerd Airport, Port Elizabeth is located approximately two miles south of the city’s central business district. This has earned it the … Read More

3. KING SHAKA INTERNATIONAL

(KwaZulu-Natal) Direction: 06/24 Length.  : 3 700m Surface. : Asphalt

Named after the most influential Zulu leader, King Shaka International Airport, is also known as La Mercy Airport (after the area in which it is situated). Abbreviated … Read More

2. CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL

Western Cape Direction: 01/19 Length.  : 3 201m Surface. : Asphalt

Opened in 1954 and originally called D.F. Malan Airport after the then South African prime minister, Cape Town International Airport is the third busiest in Africa. … Read More

1. OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL

Gauteng Direction: 03/21 Length.  : 4 418m Surface. : Asphalt

On 27 October 2006 this airport was renamed after Oliver Tambo, the former president of the ANC. The following month it became the first in Africa to host the Airbus … Read More

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