Cape Town - Three out of the seven airports which have been nominated for Africa’s Leading Airport award for 2016 in the World Travel Awards are situated on South African soil.
Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport in Durban and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg have been nominated alongside Cairo International Airport in Egypt, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Mohammed V International Airport in Morocco.
These airport hubs are crucial connection points on the African continent, where business travel is on the rise at a fast pace.
In 2015, for example, regardless of a decline in overall African visitors to SA, Cape Town International Airport saw a 14.4% increase in African air arrivals.
Cape Town International Airport
King Shaka International Airport
OR Tambo International Airport
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Connectivity to and from SA to other African countries have also increased over the past years.
Ethiopian Airlines, for example, launched six direct return flights per week from Addis Ababa to Cape Town in 2015.
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New direct and/or increased flights to Zanzibar, Mauritius and Zimbabwe have also taken off over the past year.
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For the World Travel Awards, six airlines have been nominated for Africa’s Leading Airline award 2016.
South African Airways represent SA in this category, alongside EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc and Tunisair.
In Africa’s Leading Airlines Business Class award, South African Airways represents too, along with EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc.
SA airlines Mango and SAA, along with Air Namibia, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, LAM - Mozambique Airlines, Mango, Precision Air, Royal Air Maroc and Tunis Air are competing for the leading Economy Class award in the World Travel Awards for 2016.
The nominees were recently unveiled for the upcoming Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016.
The winners in these categories will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Diamonds La Gemma dell'Est in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on 9 April.
World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke says, the list of African and Indian Ocean nominees "is a stellar list, incorporating the leading lights of hospitality from across [the region]. With just four weeks of voting ahead of us I urge voters from around the world to cast their ballots at the first opportunity and to make their voices heard as we being the Grand Tour 2016.”
WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.
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Royal Air Maroc
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