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King Shaka International Airport

Booking Cheap International Flights from King Shaka International Airport

Durban’s King Shaka International Airport is the primary airport servicing the city, with both an extensive domestic flight network and selected international flight routes. The airport is located in La Mercy, just 18km and 23 minutes from Umhlanga, the central tourist, hotel, restaurant and shopping hub of Durban. The CBD and the beautiful golden-mile beach promenade is located 40km and a 30-minute drive away.

King Shaka International underwent a R6,8 billion refurbishment in the lead up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This international airport is now considered an important domestic travel hub within South Africa.

Getting to and from King Shaka International Airport

King Shaka is well connected to the main centres of Durban via an extensive shuttle bus, taxi and metred cab network. From the airport, travellers have access to the exclusive King Shaka shuttle bus service which delivers visitors all over Durban – from Umhlanga, to Durban central and other outlaying areas. There is also a car hire service offering a number of top quality vendors.

Navigating Durban is simple if you plan on hiring a car. There is an excellent highway network and plenty of clear sign posting to assist in getting travellers to their destination. It’s important to be mindful of crime in South Africa, so be vigilant at traffic lights and intersections. Don’t leave belongings on the front seat beside you, and be sure to remove valuables from your hire car overnight.

If you plan on touring the centre of Durban and its well renowned beachfront, the Durban People Mover public bus is a tourist-oriented bus service. Running every 15 minutes, the service consists of three routes within the CBD and along the beachfront, connecting various attractions.

Accommodation around King Shaka International

From the airport there are a selection of hotels, B&Bs and lodges to suit all tastes and budgets. Getting there will require a short taxi or shuttle bus ride- an approximate 15 minute drive if staying in the Umhlanga region, or 30 minute drive if staying in Durban central. Some popular accommodation options include:

  • AHA Gateway Hotel – 13,4km from airport
  • AHA Royal Palm Hotel – 13,6km from airport
  • Garden Court Umhlanga – 13,7km from airport
  • The Riverside Hotel – 22km from airport
  • Florida Park Hotel – 24.8km from airport
  • The Hilton Hotel North Beach – 32.2km from airport

Airlines servicing King Shaka International

King Shaka International services what is known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ – three key routes between Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. The airport also services other various routes across South Africa which include: Durban to Port Elizabeth, Durban to East London and Durban to George.

The airport also offers a growing network of cheap international flights to popular destinations such as London, Mauritius, the Seychelles and, most recently, Dubai and Istanbul. Current international airlines that service King Shaka International Airport include:

  • Air Mauritius
  • Air Namibia
  • Air Seychelles
  • British Airways
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airways
  • Qatar Airways
  • South African Airways
  • Turkish Airlines

Overview of King Shaka International Airport

From 2015 – 2016, King Shaka International handled 4,93 million passengers, many of them domestic travellers. Of this number, 288 188 passengers were recorded as international travellers, while 52 316 air traffic movements were recorded in total. These statistics make King Shaka International South Africa’s third busiest airport.

In 2013, 2015 and 2016, King Shaka International Airport was awarded the prestigious Skytrax title of ‘Best Airport in the World handling under 5 million Passengers’.

Main services at King Shaka International

After the extensive refurbishment of King Shaka International, the airport is on-par with world class standards and offers numerous facilities, including:

  • Baggage wrapping services
  • Banking facilities in the form of all major South African bank ATM’s and Bureau De Change and Forex
  • Prayer rooms
  • Disabled facilities including specialised elevators, ramps, toilets and wheelchairs
  • Flight check-in self service
  • Internet – free Wi-Fi at both the domestic and international terminals
  • Pharmacy
  • Post Office
  • Shopping and restaurants
  • VAT refunds

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