Getting To South Africa And Cape Town International

By: angiefebruaryCape Town International is South Africa's second-largest airport, and a prime tourism gateway serving millions of visitors descending on the Mother City every year.Traffic through the airport reflects this: over 60 000 aircraft ferrying over 6.7-million passengers in 2005. By 2015, 14-million passengers are expected to pass through Cape Town International.The airport is world-class, winning the Skytrax Best Airport in Africa award in 2005, and being named the World Travel Awards' leading airport in Africa from 2001 through 2004 (coming second to Johannesburg International in 2005).Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has committed R1-billion to upgrading and developing the airport, including extensions to existing terminal buildings, the construction of parkades, two new satellite terminals and an expanded runway system.The new international arrivals terminal, opened in 2001, has the capacity to process 950 arriving passengers per hour. It is light and spacious, providing convenient, efficient service to international passengers.The new R120-million international departures terminal, opened in 2003, is capable of processing up to 1 300 passengers in peak hours, or a million passengers a year - three times the capacity of the old terminal. It boasts a total area of 21 000 square metres, including 2 360m of retail space.The airport offers convenient, international-standard banking, forex and car rental services.Over 2 000 parking bays stretch along the length of the airport, with roving shuttle cabs available to transport passengers directly from their car to their terminal.The airport is 22 kilometres from the city centre, with a range of transport options to get you where you need to go, these include metered taxis and shuttle services.Getting here in Cape Town South AfricaThere's more than one way of getting to South Africa. If you'd like to be a little different, you could hop on a cruise ship. All the big cruise liners dock in Cape Town and sometimes Durban but, for something a touch more unusual, try the RMS St Helena. Running from Southampton to Cape Town via St Helena, it's one of the last real old mail ships.If you're really adventurous, you could sail here or, if you have the time, travel over Africa overland.Flying, of course, is the most practical choice.South Africa's airportsAirports Company South Africa operates South Africa's 10 principal airports - including three major international airports - which together handle over 200 000 aircraft landings and 23-million passengers annually.OR Tambo International Airport (formerly Johannesburg International) is the major gateway, offering both domestic, African regional and international connections. There are also an increasing number of international flights direct to Cape Town, and a few direct to Durban.Altogether there are more than 30 airports in SA, ranging from smaller airports for cross-border flights to and from neighbouring countries to larger airports for flights to and from other African airports.For information on the seven major domestic airports - Bloemfontein, East London, George, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth, Pilanesberg and Upington - go to Airports Company South Africa.How long does it take to get here?South Africa is served by more than 70 international airlines and our national carrier, South African Airways, flies to many destinations in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.So we are never more than a flight away if you are on a major air route internationally.Flights from Europe are generally overnight and are a dinner-bed-and-breakfast away. Direct flights between the US and Johannesburg or Cape Town take about 15 hours, and flights between London and Johannesburg about 12 hours.About the Author:Blue Dot is a Cape Town car hire company, committed to giving you the best possible service at the most competitive rates.Cape Town Rental Cars offers convenience for visitors who might be planning to hire a car in Cape Town, we have compiled a collection of tourist information that we believe will be of assistance including weather, currency converter, shopping hours, Article Published On: - Travel-and-LeisureTravel-and-Leisure RSS Feed | RSS feed for this authorExperience What Are Must See In Ireland By: James Pattinson - Spain vacationing can be a satisfied tour to all of your travel needs with an immaculate mix of adventure, beauty and privacy. Regardless of what your pleasure, you are certain to discover someth ... 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