Cape Town - This is the age of air travel - and in Africa, even more so.
New flight routes and increased frequencies are announced daily across the continent, making the latest accolade for SAs international airports a discerning factor when growing inbound travel.
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Durban's King Shaka International Airport has been named the second best airport in Africa serving over 2 million passengers annually, according to the latest annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards.
Cape Town International Airport, having recently pushed over the 10 million passengers per annum threshold, ranks as the third best airport in the African region for serving over 2 million passengers, while Mauritius Airport took the top laurels in the category.
In the African regions category for airports serving under 2 million passengers annually, Bloemfontein's Bram Fischer International Airport is crowned in the top spot. The Free State hub was also voted the Best Improved Airport in Africa by the ASQ.
SEE: SA’s top airports see record-breaking arrivals for 2016
These awards come after SA's airports have already made waves on the African continent since the start of 2017.
Last month, three out of the seven airports 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 were all 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.
SEE: 3 SA Airports nominated for Leading African Airport in World Travel Awards
In January this year, too, all three of these airports were listed as world's most punctual, with Cape Town International taking the top spot as the most on-time airport.
SEE: 3 SA airports listed as world's most punctual
If anything, the ASQ accolades again show the important role SA's airports play not only as regional and continental hubs, but that they have the foundations in place to serve as an international connector.
It explains why so many resources are being invested in the improvement and expansion of the airports.
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The ASQ awards recognise and reward the best airports in the world according to ACI's ASQ passenger satisfaction survey. They represent the "highest possible accolade for airport operators and are an opportunity to celebrate the commitment of airports worldwide to continuously improving the passenger experience," the board says.
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