African Airports

When using African airports, patience is the name of the game. Most African airports are small, poorly maintained, uncomfortable and extremely busy.

African Airport
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With the exception of some South African regional airports, you may expect to experience all or some of the following...

  • Long queues at immigration inbound and outbound.
  • Especially officious and slow immigration.
  • Bribe requests in all areas of the airport.
  • Slow baggage handling from aircraft to conveyor belt.
  • Dozens of extremely keen porters desperate to take your bags, tips and get you a taxi.
  • No entry into the terminal building unless you are ticketed and show passport.
  • Long queues at check-in and long, slow check-in procedures.
  • Old luggagge weighing scales which oddly seem to make your underweight bags go overweight and your wallet go in reverse.
  • The firearms office is shut or the firearms officer has gone on walkabout or is not yet on duty.
  • Insistence on using the plastic wrapping machines for luggage.
  • Haphazard security checks on checked and hand baggage - from no checking (X ray machine is broken) to having to unpack everything.
  • Having to fill out entry forms on arrival but there are none provided.
  • Very few shops, eating places or comfortable lounges, if any at all.
  • Few plastic/metal seats and dodgy toilets.
  • Hot, sweaty and smelly with frequently absent air conditioning.

But heck, you are in Africa and in Africa to hunt and it's not supposed to be like home...Just leave plenty of time to experience African airports!

In case you need to contact one of the African airports you may use on your hunt, here are the airport codes and contact numbers. The African and international airlines that use a particular airport are also listed.

Did you know that the most common cause of lost luggage is check-in agents putting the wrong airport code on the baggage tag? You are advised to know the three-letter code of your destination airport and check it on the luggage tag before your bag disappears along the conveyor belt.


BENIN

Cotonou Airport Tel: +229 30.14.13 Fax: +229 30.08.39

Code: COO

Airlines: Afriqiyah Airways, Air Burkina, Air France, Air Ivoire, Air Mauritanie, Air Senegal International, Benin Golf Air, Cameroon Airlines, Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Toumaï Air Tchad, Trans Air


BOTSWANA

Gaborone Airport Tel: +267 351191 Fax: +267 304557/9

Code: GBE

Kasane Airport Tel: +267 650136 Fax: +267 650174

Code: BBK

Airlines: Air Botswana

Francistown Airport Tel: +267 241 3420 Fax: +267 241 5855

Code: FRW

Maun Airport Tel: +267 660238 Fax: +267 660186

Code: MUB

BURKINA FASO

Ouagadougou Airport Tel: +226 30.65.15/6 Fax: +226 30.78.40

Code: OUA

Airlines: Air Algerie, Air Burkina, Air France, Air Ivoire, Air Senegal International, Antrak Air, Avirex Gabon, Comp. Aerienne du Mali, NAS Air, Royal Air Maroc


CAMEROON

Douala Airport Tel: +237 42.35.26 Fax: +237 42.37.58 Email: adc@camnet.cm

Code: DLA

Garoua Airport Tel: +237 27.23.46 Fax: +237 27.23.46

Code: GOU

Airlines: Cameroon Airlines

Yaoundé Airport Tel: +237 23.36.02 Fax: +237 23.45.20

Code: YAO

Airlines: Air Affairs Afrique, Air France, Brussels Airlines, Cameroon Airlines, Swiss


CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Bangui Airport Tel: +236 61.33.80 Fax: +236 61.49.18

Code: BGF

ETHIOPIA

Addis Ababa Airport Tel: +251 (0)1 180454 Fax: +251 (0)1 612533

Code: ADD

Airlines: Daallo Airlines, Djibouti Air, Egyptair, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM, Kenya Airways, Lufthansa, Saudi Arabian, Sudan Airways, TAAG, Turkish Airlines, Yemenia, bmi


MOZAMBIQUE

Beira Airport Tel: +258 (0)3 301071/2

Code: BEW

Maputo Airport Tel: +258 (0)1 465038/9 Fax: +258 (0)1 465359

Code: MPM

NAMIBIA

Windhoek Airport (Hosea Kutako International Airport) Tel: +264 (0)61 295 5600 Fax: +264 (0)61 295 5622 Email: ngeno@airports.com.na Website: www.airports.com.na

Code: WDH

SOUTH AFRICA

Airports Company of South Africa Tel: +27 (0)11 723-1400 Fax: +27 (0)11 453-9354 Email: webmaster@acsa.co.za Website: www.acsa.co.za

Johannesburg Airport (Oliver Tambo International Airport) Tel: +27 (0)11 921-6911 Fax: +27 (0)11 394-0806 Email: webmaster@acsa.co.za Website: www.airports.co.za

Code: JNB

Airlines: ATCL, Aeroflot, African Int´l, Air Austral, Air Botswana, Air France, Air Madagascar, Air Malawi, Air Mauritius, Air Namibia, Air Seychelles, Air Zimbabwe, Airlink, Alitalia, Alliance Express, Angola Air Charter, Austrian Airlines, Balkan Bulgarian, British Airways, Cameroon Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Comair - Delta, Congo Airlines, DAS Air, Egyptair, El Al, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Fast Air, Ghana Airways, Iberia, Inter Air, KLM, Kenya Airways, LAM-LA de Mozambique, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Martinair, Metavia, Nationwide Air, Olympic, Qantas, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Swazi National, SAA Cargo, Saudi Arabian, Singapore Airlines Cargo, Sun Air, Swiss, Swiss International Airlines, TAP-Air Portugal, TTA, Turkish Airlines, Uganda Airlines, VARIG Brazilian, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Zaire Express, Zimbabwe Express

Bloemfontein Airport Tel: +27 (0)51 433-2901 Fax: +27 (0)51 433-2862

Code: BFN

Cape Town Airport Tel: +27 (0)21 937-1200 Fax: +27 (0)21 936-2937

Code: CPT

Airlines: Air France, Air Mauritius, Air Namibia, Air Zimbabwe, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Britannia Cargo, British Airways, Caledonian, Comair - Delta, Egyptair, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, SAA Cargo, Singapore Airlines Cargo, Swiss, Turkish Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways

Durban Airport Tel: +27 (0)31 451-6666 Fax: +27 (0)31 451-6674

Code: DUR

Nelspruit Airport (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport) Tel: +27 (0)13 753-7500 Fax: +27 (0)13 753-7555 Email: frances@kmiairport.co.za Website: www.kmiairport.co.za

Code: MQP

Polokwane Airport Tel: +27 (0) 15 288 0122

Code: PTG

TANZANIA

Dar-es-Salaam Airport Tel: +255 (0)51 284 3403 Fax: +255 (0)51 284 4373 Email: dar@airports.go.tz Code: DAR

Airlines: ATCL, Air India, Air Malawi, Air Mozambique, British Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Gulf Air, KLM, Kenya Airways, Oman Air, Precision Air, SAA Cargo, Swiss, Yemenia

Arusha Airport Tel: +255 (0)27 250 5980 Fax: +255 (0)27 250 5920

Code: ARK

Airlines: Air Excel, Regional Air Services

Kilimanjaro Airport Tel: +255 (0)027 255 4252 Fax: +255 (0)027 255 4521 Email: info@kadco.co.tz Website: www.kilimanjaroairport.co.tz

Code: JRO

Airlines: ATCL, Air Excel, Airkenya Express, Community Airlines, Condor, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM, Kenya Airways, Precision Air, Regional Air Services, Rwandair Express, ZanAir


UGANDA

Entebbe Airport Tel: +256 (0)42 20890 Fax: +256 (0)42 20571

Code: EBB

Airlines: British Airways, SAA, Brussels Airlines,KLM, Eygptair, Kenya Airways, Emirates


ZIMBABWE

Harare Airport Tel: +263 (0)4 575164/8 Fax: +263 (0)4 575163 Email: ais@caaz.co.zw Website: www.caaz.co.zw

Code: HRE

Airlines: Air Zimbabwe, Executive Air, Expeditionair, United Air Express, Zimbabwe Air Express

Victoria Falls Airport Tel: +263 (0)13 44428 Fax: +263 (0)13 44394 Email: masawir@africaonline.co.zw

Airlines:: Air Botswana, Air Namibia, Air Zimbabwe, Comair - Delta, SAA Cargo


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