Cape Town International Airport is well served by the best South African airline companies. The second busiest airport in South Africa is a hub for South African Express, which is considered to operate independently of South African Airways. A member of the Star Alliance, South African Express connects the city of Cape Town with other major domestic destinations including Durban, Bloemfontein, East London, and Port Elizabeth. International destinations on the South African Express timetable include the African nations of Mozambique and Namibia.
Also a member of the Star Alliance network, South African Airways connects Cape Town International Airport with OR Tambo International Airport near the largest South African city of Johannesburg. This is the only destination that is offered by the South African flag carrier from Cape Town.
Mango links Cape Town only with other major domestic destinations such as Bloemfontein, Durban, Johannesburg, and Port Elizabeth. In fact, this low cost South African carrier provides direct service to OR Tambo International Airport and Lanseria International Airport, a small private airport in the outskirts of Johannesburg. Besides South African Express, Mango is the only other airline that uses Cape Town International Airport as a hub. Kuala is another domestic low cost airline company that serves South Africa’s second largest city.
Another popular South African carrier that serves Cape Town International Airport is Airlink. This airline provides only domestic service to destinations such as George, Kimberly, Kruger National Park, and Uplington.
Cape Town International Airport is directly connected to large European cities thanks to a few flag carrier companies. Air France operates seasonal flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Munich is accessible on a seasonal basis via Lufthansa service. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operates non-stop flights to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Turkish Airlines can be used to get to Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey. London’s busiest airport, Heathrow, is accessible all year long thanks to British Airways service. Edelweiss Air, a small Swiss charter airline, offers seasonal flights to Zurich.
Being an important city on the African continent, Cape Town is naturally served by several African airline companies such as Air Botswana, Air Mauritius, Air Namibia, and TAAG Angola Airlines. Additionally, Emirates and Qatar Airways connect Cape Town to the Middle East.
All domestic flights at Cape Town International Airport are handled in the Domestic section (South) of the terminal and all international flights operate in the International (North) section of the terminal. More than 100 check-in desks for all of the airlines are located in the central area of the terminal complex.