The Primary Serving Airport of Durban – King Shaka International Airport

King Shaka International Airport was opened in May 2010. This world class airport offers a host of features to make your travelling experience, a comfortable and pleasing as could reasonably be expected. Shops and restaurants, ATM’s and bank and post office are a few extras that King Shaka International Airport brings to the table. Ruler Shaka International airport is said to be three times bigger than Durban International airport and have five times the number of shops.

This airport is situated in La Mercy, KwaZulu-Natal, around 35 km north of Durban. The air terminal area is circumscribed by the M43 toward the north, the Mdloti River toward the south, the R102 toward the west, and the N2 toward the east. King Shaka International Airport was opened in June 2010 for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and replaced the current Durban International Airport. King Shaka International Airport, Durban is a cutting edge air terminal and fuses the Dube TradePort which is the cargo handling facility. It was named King Shaka International Airport after the nineteenth century Zulu king named King Shaka.

The air terminals formal aviation identity codes are: IATA Airport Code – DUR and ICAO Airport Code- FALE and is frequently abbreviated as KSIA by clients and travellers.


In spite of the fact that the airport is only 5 years old, it has gotten a couple of awards for its world class services and cutting edge infrastructure.

  • In 2015, it was the fourth Best Regional Airport in World of the Skytrax World Airports Awards by Skytrax.
  • First Best Regional Airport in Africa of the Skytrax World Airports Awards by Skytrax in 2014.
  • Third Best Airport in Africa of the Airport Service Quality Awards at 2012 Airports Council International.

Routes and Destinations

Cape Town, Johannesburg, Mauritius, Maputo, Port Elizabeth, London, Warsaw, Dubai, Doha and Harare are some of the domestic and international destinations that are directly linked with the King Shaka International Airport.

How to check-in

If you are flying out of the Durban Airport then you have different check-in facilities. Travellers can check-in online from the comfort of their home and can get their ticket printed. This administration is accessible between 24 hours to 3 hours before flight take-off. At the air terminal, 72 check-in counters and 18 self- service kiosks are available for the convenience of the passengers and for the most part counter open 2 hours before flight take-off for international flight and 1 hour before the scheduled take-off for domestic flights. And if you miss the mentioned check-in time, then the airline has the right to cancel from boarding the flight.