King Shaka International Airport … proud to be different!
Approximately 35 km north of Durban’s city centre lies a beautiful metropolis of an airport, and one that KwaZulu Natal is proud of. Having opened its doors to passengers in May 2010, just a month before the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Durban’s airport was designed and created with the celebration of art, music and KwaZulu Natal’s intricately woven history in mind, challenging the idea that an airport has a single purpose.
Not only does King Shaka International Airport form an important link in the “Golden Triangle” offering domestic services throughout South Africa between Cape Town and Johannesburg, it also offers direct flights to a list of international destinations, including Dubai, Doha, Istanbul and Mauritius.
The world-class facilities and a host of features on offer make the airport experience as comfortable and pleasurable as possible for over 5 million travellers each year. And there are some unique treasures you’ll find at this airport, too, including jewel-like mosaics and stunning art that feature throughout the airport, a piano at your disposal, and many talented local buskers that perform at the airport on a regular basis.
Behind the beautiful art and colourful décor is a well-run and fully efficient airport concerned with the needs of both travellers passing through and locals just popping in for a visit. Shops open as early as 05h00 and close only at 22h00, every single day throughout the year. While you’re there you can collect your medical prescription at the pharmacy, do your banking, exchange your foreign currency, make use of all the services that the Post Office has on offer, pop in to one of the cellular stores, do your last-minute grocery shopping, or browse through the bookstore.
For those looking for a new outfit, a piece of clothing, or if you want to complete your look with a pair of sunglasses or a tie, the fashion outlets will help you find just what you’re looking for! And, before you board your flight, you may wish to put your feet up and get your nails done with a manicure or a pedicure, or your shoes shined, or simply relax and enjoy a drink and tasty meal (many Halaal options available, too) at one of the restaurants, or grab a takeaway!
Locals who are visiting the airport just for the day can also make the most of Super Saturdays when parking will cost you just R10 if you spend just R100 at any of the retail outlets. It must also be noted that there are often some amazing competitions running at the airport where you could find yourself the winner of some spectacular prizes, like a trip to tempting Thailand, a brand-new Kia Rio, R100 000 cash or one of 75 luxury prizes.
King Shaka International is looking forward to welcoming you!