Kigali Intl Airport Ranked 2nd Best Airport to Sleep in

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According to the survey, passengers are pleased with how clean and modern the terminals are, and by how helpful staff can be.

“The East African airport scored high for clean environment and customer support” according to ‘Sleeping In Airports’ an aviation website that conducted the survey based on passenger views in 2016.

‘Sleeping In Airports’ survey said that passengers are pleased with how clean and modern the terminals are, and by how helpful staff can be. The airport itself is decently easy to navigate, and services like e-clearing can limit the time you spend in lineups.

The Kanombe-based airport snagged the fifth (5th) position in 2015 and travelers interviewed in 2015 and 2016 maintained that even when the airport is small it was efficient.

“It is still being remodeled, small but efficient. It will be excellent once fully remodeled” one traveler said in the 2015 report.

“Small but extraordinarily clean, quick services and no waste of time on paper work. – Survey respondent said in 2016.

Since 2014, renovations worth $19 million for expansion have left KGL airport far brighter, roomier and much more efficient. The airport has the capacity to accommodate up to 1.5 million passengers annually– more than double current traffic levels – meaning that for now, queues are limited and chairs are plentiful.

Other perks at KGL include excellent locally sourced coffee, free Wi-Fi, and cheery staff. Additionally, the terminal is located conveniently close to the city centre.

“This comes as a result of consistency in a traveler- centered vision of ensuring a world class safety, secure and provision of quality services at Rwanda’s airports. Rwanda has invested over $50m to ensure the transformational change in the traveler’s comfort and world class facilities is realized” said Tony Barigye, the Public Relations Officer at Rwanda Civil Aviation (RCAA)

The survey commended Rwanda’s efforts of constructing a $818m new national airport (Bugesera international airport), which is currently underway in Bugesera district, about 40 minutes ride from Kigali city center but recommended more entrainment needs.

“The overall capacity of the airport (KIA) for more passengers is limited, and a new national Rwandan airport is scheduled to start in June 2017. Hopefully, this new airport will include a few more entertainment options!” the survey said.

Government has sold its shares stake in local I&M Bank worth Rwf11.5billion to be injected into the Bugesera International Airport project; according to Finance Minister, Ambassador Claver Gatate

Rwanda hits Aviation jackpot 

Measures taken by the Rwandan government to improve aviation services and facilities have won the country more opportunity to host continental and global aviation events.

Within this year alone, Kigali city will host aviation events with over 2000 participants expected to attend.

This February the popular Aviation Africa Event 2017 will take place at the Kigali Convention Center on the 22nd to 23rd 2017.

The event will convene 500 participants from the global Aviation industry. There will also be 70 key speakers and 50 exhibitors from renowned aviation manufacturing companies and service providing international brands.

Full listing

Best Airports in Africa 2016

  1. Cape Town International Airport, South Africa (CPT)
  2. Kigali International Airport, Rwanda (KGL)
  3. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (Port Louis) International Airport, Mauritius (MRU)
  4. Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, South Africa (JNB)
  5. Algiers Houari Boumediene International Airport, Algeria (ALG)
  6. Durban King Shaka International Airport, South Africa (DUR)
  7. Rabat-Sale International Airport, Morocco (RBA)
  8. Oujda Angads International Airport, Morocco (OUD)
  9. Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya (NBO)
  10. Cairo International Airport, Egypt (CAI)

Worst Airports in Africa 2016

  1. Juba International Airport, South Sudan (JUB)
  2. Port Harcourt International Airport, Nigeria (PHC)
  3. Nouakchott International Airport, Mauritania (NKC)
  4. Douala International Airport, Cameroon (DLA)
  5. N’Djamena International Airport, Chad (NDJ)
  6. Dar-es-Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport, Tanzania (DAR)
  7. Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, Tanzania (ZNZ)
  8. Lomé–Tokoin Airport, Togo (LFW)
  9. Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Nigeria (LOS)
  10. Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco (RAK)

How measured

The best and worst African airports are differentiated by their readiness to offer an efficient, customer friendly and clean experience with respect to the latter, considered to be repeated poor-timing offenders, with sickly security procedures and incompetent staff, operating in mini dromes.

The Survey is based on a handful of experiences like comfort (rest zones, gate seating), services, facilities, things to do, food options, immigration/security, customer service and cleanliness.





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