Cape Town and Durban are South Africa’s two largest coastal cities. The Cape Town – Durban route is the 6th busiest route in Africa. There are three low cost carriers, Kulula Airlines, Mango and FlySafair, and two full service carriers, South African Airways and British Airways, offering flights from Cape Town to Durban. The first daily flight between the two cities takes off just before six in the morning, and the last flight departs after 22h00.
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Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is South Africa’s second busiest airport. The airport is situated 15 kilometres from Cape Town’s CBD. Cape Town International Airport is the only airport in Cape Town that offers scheduled passenger services. The airport has both domestic and international terminals. The airport is Africa’s most award winning airport, having won the title of Africa’s leading airport on numerous occasions. The airport services approximately 8million passengers a year.
The airport does not have a train station. The only public transport that is available from the city to the airport is a bus service. MyCiTy buses depart from Cape Town’s bus terminal for the airport every 20 minutes. The bus stop is situated just outside of the terminal building to the west of the airport. There are various companies like Cape Town Airport Shuttle and Centurion Tours, who offer transfer services from Cape Town to the airport.
The international airport in Durban is named King Shaka International Airport (DUR) and is situated 35km north of Durban’s city centre. King Shaka International Airport, also referred to as La Mercy Airport, was opened on May 1st 2010, 1 month before the start of the FIFA Soccer World Cup. The airport itself has an annual passenger capacity of 7.5 million and comprises a space of 102 square kilometers. It is also said to be the 9th busiest airport in Africa. The King Shaka International Airport is a key component to the city of Durban’s long-term goals. With the city targeting higher tourist traffic, with uShaka Marine world and they’re warm water beaches, the airport is highly important in achieving the goal of over 5 million visitors per year.
King Shaka International Airport does have public transport in the form of a bus service that transports travellers to the city center. There are also numerous taxi companies and shuttle services that travellers can make use of. Please make sure that the taxi is registered and licences before making use of the service. For more information on transport services around the airport click here.
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