Find the cheapest flight to South Africa
South Africa is not only a great jumping-off point for exploring southern Africa, it’s a popular destination all its own. While it’s possible to fly directly from a few cities on the East Coast of the U.S., it’s equally as likely that you’ll be routed through Europe or another (more northern) African cities. Be sure to investigate both options to get the best deal. Also, once you get to one of the major hubs, consider adding a domestic flight in South Africa to your itinerary. Check these airfare deals to South Africa and read up on what to do and where to stay once you get there, too.
Major Airports in South Africa
O.R. Tambo International Airport (airport code JNB) is the largest airport in South Africa near the city of Johannesburg. It’s also Africa’s busiest airport, and the hub of South African Airways and several smaller local carriers. To get information about all services at O.R. Tambo (or ORTIA, as it is sometimes known), you will need to go to this search page and choose certain things from the “facility” drop-down menu on the right. For instance, choosing “Airlines” and hitting the “Search” button will get you a list of the airlines serving Johannesburg. From this same menu, you can also get information about baggage, internet access, ground transportation, flight information and many other things. From the drop-down menu on the left, you can get information about shops and restaurants in the airport. There’s a luggage storage facility on the upper level of the underground parkade, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week – there’s also a baggage lock-up facility in the basement area below the International terminal building. There’s wireless access throughout the airport, for a fee.
Cape Town International Airport (airport code CPT) is South Africa’s second-largest airport, and also a hub for South African Airways. It’s a major gateway for international tourists. All the airport’s passenger information is on this page, and not all of the links appear to work as well as they might, so you’ll have to scroll down to get all the information you want. Near the top you’ll find the list of airlines serving Cape Town here. Flights can be tracked here. Your dining options are listed here and your shopping options here. There are a couple of baggage storage facilities, one each in the domestic arrivals and international departures area, and you can find out more here. Cape Town International has WiFi access in both the international and domestic terminals.
King Shaka International Airport (DUR) is the main airport serving Durban. It opened just a month before the 2010 FIFA World Cup and replaced the existing Durban International Airport. The airport is a hub for Velvet Sky and handles mostly domestic flights although international cheap flights to Durban are not that hard to find either. Unfortunately, the official website doesn’t focus much on the passenger traffic. The airport the longest sea-level runway (3.7 km) in the country and is currently able to handle 7.5 million passengers per annum (but plans of development have already been made). A list of the airlines serving the airport can be found here . The airport is accessible from both the N2 freeway and the alternative R102 road (do note that the majority of roads via the N2 involve the payment of a toll). There is also a rail link heading from Durban along the R102 but it doesn’t provide direct connection to the airport (yet).
More Information on South Africa
Perhaps it’s ironic that the land which once symbolized separateness is the same country that seems to stand for diversity today – perhaps that’s just as it should be. With 11 official languages, three capitals and a stunning array of things to do and see, South Africa has managed to overcome its troubled past and emerge as one of the highlights of any African trip. Famous for its wines, safaris and nature parks – not to mention being the world’s largest producer of gold – the country at the tip of the African continent will satisfy any traveler’s curiosity.
South Africa successfully hosted 2010 FIFA World Cup , a huge organizational undertaking which was a challenge for the developing country. But after the thousands visitors left the country and after the effects on the passenger traffic through the country’s airports has been seen – all major airports saw an increase in traffic due to this event! – a lot more is expected from this superb country from now on. South Africa can surely count on a greater influx of tourists for the years to come.