Port Elizabeth Airport is in the eastern cape of South Africa. It is nicknamed the ‘ten minute airport’ as it can be easily reached from all areas of the city in a short time. If you have car hire at Port Elizabeth Airport it is just 2 km into the city and an easy drive using the M11 Route. The airport receives over 1.5 million flights a year and a mix of scheduled and budget airlines use the airport and there are domestic flights too. Some airlines using the airport at the present time are South African Airways, Comair and South African Express.
Port Elizabeth Airport has separate arrivals and departures buildings that are connected by a central retail area, which gives it a light and airy feel. There is an airport information desk that will deal with your enquiries and also offers currency exchange facilities. The visitor information service will help you to make the best out of your stay or help you book accommodation in the area. For emergency cash, there is an ATM and a post box, if you forgot to send your postcards. If you missed lunch, there is a restaurant on the first floor that serves local cuisine or you can try one of the cafes in departures or arrivals. There are a small number of shops to keep you busy selling gifts, newspapers, souvenirs and sweets. In arrivals, you will find the car hire rental desks. If you need to stay near the airport, there are many hotels within a short drive including the beachfront Radisson Blu.
Port Elizabeth is the fifth largest city in South Africa and sits on the Indian Ocean between Durban and Cape Town. It is known as the ‘windy city’ and famous for its friendliness. It is a popular tourist destination for holidaymakers wanting to surf and do water sports or just relax on the beaches. The most popular beaches are Hobie, Humewood and Kings. In the city, you can follow the Historic Donkin Heritage Trail that follows in the footsteps of the first settlers in 1820. Kids will love Bayworld; a museum, dolphinarium and snake park. The South African Air Force Museum is well worth a visit, as is the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. You can shop and eat at The Boardwalk or dive at Devil’s Reef. With car hire in Port Elizabeth, a drive to the Addo Elephant Park is a must!