Dubai is one of the most popular holiday and business destinations for South Africans. Emirates Airlines offers the only direct flights from Cape Town to Dubai. Emirates uses Dubai as their hub, offering three daily flights between Cape Town and Dubai. Ethiopian Airways, Turkish Airlines and South African Airways offer connecting flights to Dubai via Addis Ababa, Istanbul and Johannesburg.
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South Africa’s second busiest airport, Cape Town International Airport (CPT), services approximately 8.5 million passengers each year. The airport is situated 15km, approximately 20 minute drive, outside of Cape Town’s CBD. Cape Town International Airport is Cape Town’s only commercial airport, offering 100’s of daily flights to international and domestic destinations. Cape Town International has been named Africa’s Leading Airport on numerous occasions.
Unlike the Gautrain at OR Tambo International, Cape Town International Airport unfortunately does not have a high speed train station that runs to and from the airport. The only public transport at the airport is a bus service that leaves for Cape Town Central Bus station every 20 minutes. There are also various taxi operators, transfers and shuttle services available at the airport for travellers who have to be transported to their homes/hotels or guest houses.
Dubai International Airport (DXB) is Dubai’s primary international airport. The airport is the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic volumes, and the third-busiest airport on erth by total passenger traffic. Dubai International Airport services 88 million passengers on 409,493 flights each year. The airport is situated 4.6km outside of Dubai om 2,9 hectares of land.
Dubai International Airport is 5km outside of the city center. The fastest way to get to the city is by metro. There are also buses and taxi services available at the airport. Travellers will need to purchase a NOL card if they want to use public transport in Dubai as cash payment for metro, bus, and water bus services is not accepted.
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