The travel scene in Africa has seen some changes over the past year as many foreign companies have placed their hat into what is an expanding economy. This past week, The Airports Council International released which African airports have the best security, check-in time, and restaurants to enhance your entire airport experience.
The best African airport in 2017 is Mohammed V International Airport of Casablanca, Morocco. This is the first time the Casablanca airport has finished first. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport of the Kenyan capital Nairobi was announced as the continent’s most improved airport. Surprisingly, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport of luxury travel destination Mauritius, the winner of the 2016 award, dropped two places on the list.
This list holds a large amount of significance because of the massive travel boom that Africa is building up currently. According to CNN, over the next 20 years, Africa will see the total number of air passengers triple its current figure to 303 million people. In addition to polishing many of the continents’ airports, 23 nations in the African Union (about 50 percent) have signed a document that pushes for a European like travel system. Of course, this would ease the entire process of travel natives, but also for foreigners.
The African travel boom has had many major influencers that have all played roles in giving the project life, but it’s the actual airlines that have played a huge role. Ethiopian Airlines is the company that has been pushing for the proposed travel system since its inception and could receive the greatest benefit if the deal comes through. They currently rank No. 4 in terms of total passengers carried in Africa, but could easily hit No. 1 if things continue to trend in the right direction.