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What is the busiest air route in Africa? Ten busiest African air links…


Aviation in Africa is busy. This is obviously the case in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A research has found that the South African domestic flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport is the busiest on the continent. More than 4.7 million passengers flew the 1,292 km between the two airports in the last calendar year.

The top 100 aviation routes in Africa by total capacity in 2017, according to OAG Schedules Analyser, and then ordered them using passenger data provided by Sabre Airline Solutions.

Eight airlines operated services between Cape Town and O.R. Tambo International during the year, with the average cost of a ticket at US$78. In total there was in excess of 34,000 flights between the two destinations in 2017, equating to an average of 95 flights per day.

Second in the list is the flight between O.R. Tambo International and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. A total of 2.87 million passengers flew between the two cities, which at just 498 km is the shortest flight by distance in the top ten.

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The third-busiest route links Egypt’s capital city Cairo with the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah, while the flight between Nigeria’s capital Abuja and its largest city Lagos ranked fourth. The two services attracted 1.7 million and 1.3 million passengers respectively.

Completing the top five is Cape Town to Lanseria International Airport, situated to the north west of Johannesburg, with 1.2 million passengers.

The top ten air links:

1        Johannesburg O.r. Tambo (JNB) – Cape Town (CPT)
2        Johannesburg O.r. Tambo (JNB) – Durban King Shaka (DUR)
3        Cairo International (CAI) – Jeddah (JED)
4        Abuja (ABV) – Lagos (LOS)
5        Johannesburg Lanseria (HLA) – Cape Town (CPT)
6        Durban King Shaka (DUR) – Cape Town (CPT)
7        Johannesburg O.r. Tambo (JNB) – Port Elizabeth (PLZ)
8        Johannesburg O.r. Tambo (JNB) – Dubai International (DXB)
9        Cairo International (CAI) – Riyadh King Khalid (RUH)
10      Cairo International (CAI) – Kuwait (KWI)

SOURCE: Routes

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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