Cape Town International Airport

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Cape Town International Airport is the primary airport serving Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is the second busiest airport in the country and the third busiest in Africa, and was opened in 1954 to replace Wingfield Aerodrome (originally called DF Malan Airport).

Cape Town International is the only airport in the Cape Town metropolitan area that offers scheduled passenger flights. The airport offers direct flights to South Africa’s other two main cities, Johannesburg and Durban, as well as smaller centres within the country. International flights serve several destinations in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The airport underwent renovations in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was extensively expanded and renovated. The main focus for the renovation was to build a central terminal building to link the formerly separate domestic and international terminals, as well as to provide a common check-in area. Today, the airport has a split level design, with departures situated on the upper floor and arrivals on the lower floor. All check-ins take place in the central terminal building, regardless of destination, with over 120 check-in desks and 20 self-service kiosks.

Retail outlets are located on the lower level of the terminal and offer foreign exchange services, bookstores, clothing shops, grocery stores, souvenir outlets, and duty free outlets in international departures. A variety of restaurants and fast food outlets are located on the 3rd floor, including the largest Spur restaurant in Africa, a KFC fast food outlet, and Mugg n Bean coffee shop. The MyCiti bus route provides a shuttle service connecting the airport with the Civic Centre in Cape Town’s CBD.

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