Pretoria - Airports Company of South Africa airports have once again been ranked as some of the best in Africa.
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced the results of the annual Airports Council International’s (ACI) 2015 (ASQ) rankings which measure passenger satisfaction.
Upington Airport achieved top honours with first place in the Best Airport by Region - Africa (under 2 million passengers per year) category. Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport tied for second place in the category, Best Airport by Region - Africa for those airports handling over 2 million passengers per year. Mauritius was voted best in Africa.
OR Tambo International Airport was ranked third in its category.
The Airport Service Quality (ASQ) programme, under the auspices of Airports Council International, represents 98 percent of the world’s airports.
Incheon in Singapore ranked first in Asia-Pacific; Amman in the Middle East, Indianapolis in North America and Guayaquil in Latin America/Caribbean region while Pulkovo, Sochi and Sheremetyevo shared top honours in Europe.
ACSA has nine airports which Peters said were the core of development nodes in South Africa. The concept of the Aerotropolis, whereby a range of manufacturing, logistics and commercial facilities, complemented by hotels, retail outlets, entertainment complexes and offices are clustered around an airport was likely to further accelerate the core role of our airports, particularly for the King Shaka International Airport and its associated Dube Trade Port, she said..
The other major Aerotropolis is directed by Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and surrounds OR Tambo International.
She also announced that ACSA planned revamps of the international terminals of OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town airports, including the realignment of the Cape Town runaway and its domestic arrival terminal.
There are also plans to expand parking at Cape Town and OR Tambo and build an additional cargo terminal at OR Tambo.