Cape Town to Johannesburg the busiest route in Africa, new study finds

posted on 22nd May 2018 by Justin Burns
Cape Town to Johannesburg the busiest route in Africa, new study finds

Research carried out on the busiest air passenger routes in Africa has found that the South African sector between Cape Town and Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport is the busiest on the continent.

More than 4.7 million passengers flew the 1,292 kilometres between the two airports in the last calendar year, according to a new study carried out by Routes, organiser of aviation network development conferences and events.

The 10 busiest passenger air routes in Africa have been revealed analysing the top 100 aviation routes in Africa by total capacity in 2017, according to OAG Schedules Analyser, and then ordered them using passenger data provided by Sabre Airline Solutions.

Eight airlines operated services between Cape Town and O.R. Tambo International during the year, with the average cost of  $78 a ticket. In total there was in excess of 34,000 flights between the two destinations in 2017, equating to an average of 95 flights per day.

The top ten routes in Africa in 2017:

1        Johannesburg O.R. Tambo – Cape Town = 4,780,875 passengers
2        Johannesburg O.R. Tambo – Durban King Shaka = 2,868,082 passengers
3        Cairo International – Jeddah = 1,711,766 passengers
4        Abuja – Lagos = 1,265,267 passengers
5        Johannesburg Lanseria – Cape Town = 1,235,564 passengers
6        Durban King Shaka – Cape Town = 1,144,665 passengers
7        Johannesburg O.R. Tambo – Port Elizabeth = 1,082,313 passengers
8        Johannesburg O.R. Tambo – Dubai International = 1,008,751 passengers
9        Cairo International – Riyadh King Khalid = 1,003 099 passengers
10      Cairo International – Kuwait = 999,390 passengers

The research has been released ahead of Routes Africa 2018, an aviation event that will take place in Accra, Ghana from 16-18 July 2018.