Durban International Airport
The newly-built Durban King Shaka International Airport is a state-of-the-art facility 22 miles (35km) north of Durban on the west coast of South Africa. Constructed specially for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the airport is spacious and modern, and handles only half of its 7.5 million-passenger capacity each year, meaning the facility never feels crowded.
Most flights to Durban King Shaka International Airport are domestic flights from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and George, however there are limited international routes to Mauritius, Mozambique and Dubai.
While the airport's facilities are state-of-the-art, the facility's remote location is an inconvenient introduction to Durban due to the total lack of public transportation.
The airport is 22 miles (35km) north of Durban.
Getting to the city
The airport can be accessed by car via the N2 from Durban. A rail link is expected to be completed by 2011.
Tel: +27 (0)86 727 7888.
Numerous car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Khaya, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and National.
Taxis are available from outside the departures terminal and cost about R400 to the city centre, approximately an hour away. The price is per journey not per passenger. Taxi services include Lighthouse Cabs (083 440 8650), Mgazi Tours (031 462 1201) and Akkers Shuttles (031 274 1824).
The newly built airport terminal has a modern and substantial range of facilities. These include ATMS, banks, lounges, a post office, restaurants and bars, and 52 retail outlets. Disabled facilities are excellent; those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.
Plentiful parking is available. Parking is charges at ZAR 6 for the first half hour, up to a daily limit of ZAR 160. Shaded parking is cheaper for the long-term, starting at ZAR 15 for two hours up to ZAR 75 per day.
Flights to Durban King Shaka International Airport are available on national carriers like Kulula, Mango, 1Time, and Velvet Sky, and international airlines like Air Mauritius, Airlink, British Airways, Emirates, and South African Airways.
Wifi is available through MWEB, with credit-card facilities for non-subscribers.
Business services are provided in the BIDAir Premium Lounge on the third level, including phones, newspapers, televisions and snacks.
Durban International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.