Six African airports have been named winners by Airports Council International (ACI) World in different categories of the 2018 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards.
ACI World which annually announces the world’s top airports for customer experience names Kimberley National Airport, Port Elizabeth National Airport and Upington International Airport, all in South Africa, first, second and third place winners respectively in the Best Airport by region, Africa category with under two million passengers per year.
Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire won the Most Improved Airport by Region, Africa category.
Also, King Shaka International Airport, South Africa and Mohammed V International Airport, Casablanca, Morocco were announced winners in the Best Airport in Africa in the between 5 and 15 million passengers category.
The apex airports council also says global airport revenue has grown in tandem with passenger traffic. ACI World states that aeronautical revenue now makes up 55.8% of global airport income; non-aeronautical revenue make up 39.9%; and non-operating revenue at 4.3%.
Angela Gittens, ACI World Director General, comments: “Global passenger traffic has reached record levels as airports continued to make a crucial contribution to furthering economic development and global connectivity.”
She adds: “While strong competitive forces continue to drive innovation and improvements in efficiency and service for passengers, airports face the challenges of meeting the continuing global growth in demand for air services. The airport capacity crunch is no longer a figure of speech. The question of financing new infrastructure is becoming the most fundamental one for the industry.”