Airports across Africa have been undergoing substantial transformations to meet the growing needs of air travel while adding architectural splendor to their surroundings.
Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport, Egypt: This airport is a masterpiece of aesthetics and functionality. As the third busiest in Egypt after Cairo, it boasts a second terminal inaugurated in 2007, featuring 40 check-in counters and an annual capacity of up to five million passengers. The total cost of this airport is estimated at around US$350 million.
Cape Town International Airport, South Africa: Located 20 kilometers from the city center, Cape Town International Airport is the second busiest in South Africa and the third busiest on the continent. It offers a remarkable travel experience with 120 check-in counters and 20 self-service kiosks. The central building alone had an impressive price tag of US$115 million.
Marrakech Menara Airport, Morocco: Marrakech, one of Africa’s most enchanting cities, is home to this beautiful airport that welcomes over 4.5 million passengers annually.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius: Inaugurated in 2013, the airport’s passenger terminal takes inspiration from the “Traveller’s palm,” a tropical plant native to Mauritius. With a capacity of 4 million passengers per year, this stunning terminal had a construction cost of US$306 million.
Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport, Tunisia: Opened in 2009, this airport primarily serves tourists heading to Tunisia’s holiday resorts. Its well-thought-out design and layout contribute to its inclusion in this list. The estimated construction cost for this airport is about US$504 million.
These airports represent not only the growth of the aviation industry but also the unique blend of functionality and architectural beauty. If you believe there’s an airport that deserves a spot on this list, please share your thoughts in the comments below.