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:
1. Ethiopian Airlines
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.
2. Royal Air Maroc
3. South African Airways
4. Kenya Airways
5. Air Mauritius
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.
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.
10. Air Seychelles
Air Seychelles, the flag carrier of Seychelles, was established in 1978. Presently, the airline is 40% owned by Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates. Notably, it became the inaugural airline to secure overflight rights from Saudi Arabia’s government for its flights to and from Tel Aviv, Israel.