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Cape Town International Airport Information

If you will be visiting South Africa in the future, chances are that you may come through Cape Town International Airport. As the third largest airport in Africa, Cape Town International Airport sees millions of visitors each year, especially because of its proximity to the popular vacation spot of the Western Cape area. It also was named the Skytrax "Best Airport in Africa" award in 2009.

The airport was opened in 1954, replacing the region's old airport in Wingfield. When it was first opened, the airport was named after the prime minister at the time, D. F. Malan. It originally only had two international flights- a direct flight to Britain and another to Britain that passed through Johannesburg. In the 1990s, the once state-owned airport became part of the Airports Company South Africa organization and received its current name of Cape Town International Airport. After this change, there was a great increase of passengers, with the annual average hovering around 7.5 million people each year.

When South Africa was chosen as the setting for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the airport underwent a massive expansion and renovation; these plans included a much-needed Central Terminal Building that connected the domestic terminal to the international terminal. The airport features two levels; the upper one is dedicated to the departures while the lower is for arrivals. Both levels can be accessed by car thanks to an elevated roadway, which allows for easy drop-offs and pick-ups.

The Central Terminal Building contains both domestic and international check-in areas; it includes 120 check-in desks as well as 20 self-service kiosks. It also has an automated baggage system that can handle up to 30,000 bags each hour. After the security screening area, the international and domestic passengers can head off to the correct terminal. The airport also features ten air bridges as well as bus transportation for passengers on distant airplanes. There is also a viewing deck on the upper floor.

The floor above the departure level houses shopping and dining options. Included in these is one of the largest Spur restaurants in Africa. Passengers also have access to a pharmacy, post office, and multiple banks. Retail stores include Jeep, Sunglass Hut, La Senza Lingerie, Crocs, Fragrance Fusion, and several souvenir shops.

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