Cape Town International Airport is a hub for South African Airways. It’s also the favourite city of Argentina’s Lionel Messi. Cape Town International is the second-largest airport in South Africa and a major gateway for tourist traffic. It has also been announced recently by the civil aviation authority, that Cape Town International will serve as the 2010 World Cup western air hub, serving additional air traffic that may occur from the Americas.

South Africa has 50 international airlines flying between its major cities and 7 domestic African airlines, with fares ranging from first-class to cut-price economy. In anticipation for 2010 World Cup, the domestic terminals are receiving a complete face-lift in conjunction with a new central terminal building at a cost of R900 million, linking the international and domestic terminals. Flights from Europe are generally overnight (from London – 12 hours) with direct flights from the USA being about 15 hours.

If you are leaving the airport by car take the N2 highway and follow the signs for Cape Town/Camps Bay. Taxis are available from the airport to the city centre (journey time: 20 minutes); Touch Down Taxis is the officially authorised airport taxi company and travellers are advised to use these instead of unauthorised taxis. Door-to-door shuttle bus services are available on demand or by pre-booking in Arrivals (International and Domestic). Schedules vary according to flight arrival times; passengers can also pre-book their return trip to the airport.