LIST: 10 best performing airlines in Africa 2023

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Africa’s aviation industry is booming, thanks to a surge in tourism and business investment. But despite the challenges, African airlines have adapted and thrived.

Skytrax, a global airline rating agency, has ranked African airlines among the best in the world. Here are the top 10 best-performing African airlines according to Skytrax:

Ethiopian Airlines is the flag carrier of Ethiopia, established in 1945. It’s known for its extensive network and is Africa’s largest airline. It is one of the few airlines to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers passengers a more comfortable and eco-friendly flying experience. Ethiopian Airlines has consistently received acclaim for its exceptional service and high-quality facilities, earning it a prestigious 4-star rating from Skytrax.

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Royal Air Maroc, the national carrier of Morocco, was founded in 1953 and has since played a significant role in connecting Morocco with the world. Royal Air Maroc operates flights to over 90 destinations in over 50 countries. From its hub in Casablanca, it offers connections to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas, allowing travellers to explore the world.
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South African Airways is a renowned airline that has been connecting people to destinations across the globe since 1934. With its headquarters in Airways Park, Johannesburg, this national flag carrier has grown to become one of the largest and most respected airlines on the African continent. It operates flights to over 40 international destinations across the world, including major cities like London, New York, Hong Kong, and Sydney.
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 Kenya Airways
Kenya Airways, also known by its IATA code KQ, has been proudly representing Kenya since its establishment in 1977. The airline boasts a fleet of more than 40 aircraft, including Boeing and Embraer jets, ensuring safe and comfortable journeys for its passengers.

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Established in 1967, Air Mauritius is the national airline of Mauritius. Air Mauritius operates flights to over 20 destinations worldwide, including major cities in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Indian Ocean region.

As Rwanda’s official airline, RwandAir has solidified its reputation as a dependable and passenger-focused carrier. Boasting a fleet of more than 12 aircraft and an extensive route network spanning Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, RwandAir ensures a smooth and enjoyable travel journey for its customers.


EGYPTAIR is among the world’s aviation trailblazers. Founded in May 1932, it was the seventh airline globally. It serves over 80 destinations worldwide, encompassing Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the Americas.


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FlySafair took flight in October 2014, yet its parent company, Safair, boasts a remarkable 50-year legacy. This low-cost South African airline is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company boasts a fleet of 22 aircraft, comprising five B734 classics and the remaining as B738 NGs.

Fastjet, an African budget airline, commenced operations in 2012. Presently, it provides flights from Harare, Bulawayo, and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg in South Africa, as well as from Victoria Falls to Kruger Nelspruit Mpumalanga in South Africa. Since its inception, Fastjet has transported more than 3.5 million passengers, solidifying its reputation as a dependable African airline.

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