Most of the Airports in South Africa are mainly owned by the Airport Company of South Africa (ACSA) and include Domestic as well as International Airports. The Airport company of South Africa owns 9 major Airports and were all assigned to ACSA after 1993.
A typical airport in South Africa will have the ability to store and maintain aircraft’s that are due for takeoff at a later stage. Did you know that an airport with a Helipad but no runway, is called a heliport!
The top 10 Airports in the world for 2015 as voted by the World Airport Awards are”
- Singapore Changi Airport
- Incheon International Airport
- Munich Airport
- Hong Kong International Airport
- Tokyo International Airport
- Zurich Airport
- Japan International Airport
- Heathrow Airport
- Amsterdam Airport
- Beijing Airport
Here are some facts about airports & flights that you might not have known:
- On average, there is about 1 pilot for every 50 passengers in a plane.
- Pilots are required to eat different meals when flying to avoid the risk of food poison.
- Flying is still the safest method of transport.
- Worldwide, the airline industry is over $600 Billion.
- in the 1980’s, an american airline once cut the costs by $40 000 just by removing 1 olive for each meal they served.
- The world busiest flight, in terms of passengers that pass through each year, is Hartsfeild-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
- There is an airport in Brazil that has its very own dentist that passengers can visit before flying.
- Cape Town International Airport is South Africa’s second largest airport next to the famous O.R Tambo International Airport.
- Cape Town International Airport is also the 3rd busiest airport in Africa.
- OR Tambo International Airport was founded in 1952 as Jan Smuts Airport (2 years after SA statesman Jan Smuts’ death). It was renamed in 2006 after the famous OR Tambo.
- King Shaka International Airport is also known as La Mercy Airport.
- King Shaka International Airport is capable of handling 7.5 million passengers a year.