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Cape Town International Airport is named the Best Airport in Africa at 2012 World Airport Awards

World Airport Awards 2012

Best Airports Africa


Cape Town International Airport


OR Tambo International Airport


King Shaka International Airport

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The results are based on 12 million passenger surveys completed in a 10-month survey period, covering over 388 airports. The survey evaluates the total passenger experience across 39 airport service and product features, from arrival at an airport, through transit and departure processes to the boarding gate.  Since 1999, this annual airport customer survey has been respected for clarity and independence, with no airport influence or bias. The World Airport Awards are the global benchmark of airport excellence, known as the Passenger's Choice Awards.

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Mr Chris Hlekane, GM of ACSA accepts the Best Airport in Africa Award for Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town International Airport is named by airline travellers as the Best Airport in Africa

Cape Town International Airport has been named as the Best Airport in Africa at the 2012 World Airport Awards held at the Passenger Terminal EXPO in Vienna.

"We congratulate Cape Town International Airport on the fantastic achievement of being named Best Airport Africa and also having the Best Airport Staff in Africa. The staff and management should be proud of this double award after briefly relinquishing the Best Airport title to OR Tambo in Johannesburg in 2011" said Edward Plaisted, Chairman of SKYTRAX.

Deon Cloete, the General Manager for Airport Company South Africa: Cape Town International Airport said "These achievements were made possible through and with the collective effort of all of the good men and women serving at Cape Town International Airport, heroes each and every one of them, committed to making a difference, one day at a time, one passenger at a time. This reminds us that an airport is not just a building; there is a strong team of people, who work hard every day to create a positive airport experience for all. They also re-affirm our commitment to continuous improvement and delivering the best service to all our airport users."

"This a proud moment for not only the airport but the region as well as it clearly demonstrate that we are able and are competing in the global arena and proud that we are able to do our bit as the gateway to Cape Town and the Western Cape. We are extremely proud of these accolades. Delivering an excellent customer service experience is an ongoing focus for Cape Town International Airport and its airport community. We also value the feedback we receive from our airport users, both negative and positive, as these assist us in consistently improving for the benefit of the airport user," concluded Cloete.

In an all-South Africa top three places, Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport achieved 2nd place, with King Shaka International Airport (Durban) in 3rd. Cairo International Airport achieved 4th place with Mauritius (Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport) in 5th place.

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