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Port Elizabeth International Airport in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa is situated just 10 minutes from all major locations in the city of Port Elizabeth and was renamed Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport in February 2021.

The Airport currently operates domestic only routes to other areas of South Africa. Its’ passenger terminal currently handles approximately 1.3 million passengers annually, but has the capacity to handle 2 million after the expansions made in 2010. The airport handles over 800 tons of cargo, including flowers, frozen lobster, meat, ostrich skin and mushrooms.

Airport Facilities

  • Public viewing deck
  • Paid for WiFi Access available
  • Post Office
  • ATM facilities
  • Sweet and gift shops
  • Restaurant and cafés
  • Foreign Exchange at the information counter
  • Conference centre
  • Car rental facilities


Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) has a warm climate and mild rainfall throughout the year. 

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 29˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 5˚C and 21˚C.


Various forms of transportation to and from the airport would be airport or hotel shuttles, hired cars or taxis.

The airport has specified drop-off and pick-up areas and for those traveling with their own vehicles, ample parking is provided, including long term parking facilities.

Travelers are advised to arrive one and a half hours before the departure of domestic flights.


In 2014 it took seventh place in the Best Airport in Africa Category at the Skytrax World Airport Awards held in Barcelona.


The airport was founded in 1929 by Colonel Miller who initially needed an airfield to operate his postal service from the city to Cape Town. It was formally opened nine years later with one runway, I hanger and a concrete apron. Construction on the permanent terminal buildings began in 1950 and the new and improved building was opened in 1955. By 1973 the apron was extended to accommodate larger aircraft and a new terminal building opened in 1980. This airport formally known as H. F. Verwoerd served the city until 2000 when plans for the major terminal upgrades were drawn.

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