Cape Town International Airport

Now that you have decided to go to Cape Town, it is time for you to know the place where you will land.

The primary airport serving the city of Cape Town is Cape Town International Airport. The second-largest airport in South Africa, Cape Town International Airport is a prime tourism gateway serving millions of visitors arriving in the Mother City every year. It is also the second busiest airport in South Africa and the third busiest one in Africa.

Use this guide to quickly find the most important information about Cape Town International Airport and plan your transfer to Cape Town Airport with these useful information.

Cape Town International Airport – A World-class Airport

Cape Town International Airport – A World-class Airport

Located approximately 20 kilometres from the city centre, the airport was opened in 1954 to replace Cape Town's previous airport, Wingfield Aerodrome. Cape Town International Airport is the only airport in the Cape Town metropolitan area that offers scheduled passenger services.

Cape Town International Airport is world-class and was named Africa's leading airport in the 2012 World Airport Awards. It was actually upgraded and expanded for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Cape Town Airport has a split-level Central Terminal Building; the departures are located on upper floors and arrivals in lower floors. Passenger transit is conducted from the Transport Plaza and Car Rental Facility is located in front of the Central Terminal. Buses, taxis and cars are available here. Both the domestic and international departure areas feature a Premier Lounge, available at a fee to any passenger regardless of airline or ticket class.

Terminals of The Cape Town Airport

The airport has both a domestic and an international terminals, connected by a common central terminal where all check-ins take place. So, it can be said that the airport acts as a single Terminal airport.

  • The International Terminal is located in the north.
  • The Domestic Terminal is located in the south.

For both terminals, it is required to first check-in into the Central Terminal.

Airlines And Destinations - Cape Town Airport

Airlines And Destinations - Cape Town Airport

There are 24 airlines operating at the airport, with nearly 100 destinations. All the airlines that operate in South Africa fly to Cape Town International Airport. It is a major gateway for tourism in the country.

The airport has direct flights to several destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe. It also has direct flights to South Africa's other two main urban areas, Johannesburg and Durban, as well as flights to smaller centres in South Africa.

Also, several international airlines offer direct flights to Cape Town, including from London, Amsterdam and Windhoek. Some of the flights to International destinations are only seasonal (Paris, Zurich, Munich, Frankfurt).

The busiest route from the airport is the connection to Johannesburg with more than 4 million passengers annually and it is one of the ten busiest routes in the world.

Getting around of The Cape Town International Airport

Getting around of The Cape Town International Airport

Travellers are advised to arrive at the airport at least one-and-a-half hours before the departure time of their domestic flight and three hours before the departure time of an international flight.

There is a range of transport options to get you where you need to go from Cape Town International Airport. Beside car rental services, these include metered taxis and private shuttle services. Below are options that you can consider:

  • MyCiti: The MyCiti bus rapid transit connects the airport to the city centre, stopping at the Civic Centre IRT bus station in Hertzog Boulevard. Buses depart every 20 minutes from 4.20 am to 10 pm. You can buy tickets for the MyCiTi service at the airport or at the Civic Centre.
  • Taxi: The taxi stand is in front of Central Terminal.
  • Car Hire: It is one of the best options if you visit Cape Town area for tourism.

Parking Facilities at The Cape Town Airport

Parking Facilities at The Cape Town Airport

The drop-off zone is on the upper level of the Central Terminal building. There is a pick-up and go zone in the ground floor of Parkade P1 (the first parkade as you enter the airport). There are also long-term parking facilities available.

There are more than 5 500 parking bays in the two multi-storey parkades, with 1 600 shaded parking bays. (Roving shuttle cabs are available to transport passengers directly from their car to the terminals.)

Valet parking and lock-up garages at Cape Town International are operated by Katanga Executive Parking. Reservations are essential.


Other Facilities at The Cape Town Airport

The airport offers convenient international-standard banking, forex and car rental services. Most retail shops, including bookshops, clothing and souvenir shops are on the lower level (arrivals) of the Central terminal.

There is wi-fi facility available at the airport, with hotspots throughout the terminals.

Special Needs Passengers

Passengers 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.