East London Airport, situated in the city of East London, is one of South Africa’s fastest growing airports in terms of passenger numbers. Playing a big part in the growing economy of the Eastern Cape, the East London Airport welcomes 346,000 passengers per year.
East London Airport (IATA code: ELS) is one of the small yet bustling airports of South Africa. Flights to East London Airport are provided by the international airlines of South African Airways and British Airways. Domestic airlines landing at this airport include FlySafair and Kulula. ELS is within a 10-minute drive of the city centre of East London.
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General Information About East London Airport
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East London Airport provides tourists with a gateway to the Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast, a long shoreline that includes many charming beaches. Formerly known as Ben Schoeman Airport, the airport was renamed after the city of East London in 1994. East London Airport operates scheduled flights to all six of the inhabited continents of the world, and offers travellers a gateway to a great number of southern African nations. Since 1994, the airport has continued to expand, with major alterations, to ensure it can cater for greater passenger volumes.
East London Airport includes a number of shops in the departures terminal, where you can browse through a selection of footwear, mobile phones and accessories, as well as sweets and snacks.
Make sure to observe the baggage restrictions at the airport.
East London Airport offers visitors a number of meal options with a selection of fast food outlets, pubs and cafés, in the departures terminal on the first floor.
The East London Airport’s domestic departures terminal includes two lounges, courtesy of South African Airways and Bidvest.
A VIP room is also available, in the point departures terminal, which is operated by Airports Company South Africa.
East London Airport includes a variety of features and facilities, such as a viewing deck, public telephones, restrooms with baby changing facilities, a chapel and prayer rooms, first aid facilities, and ATMs.
Splendid Inn King David
This 3-star hotel is a short 15-minute drive from the East London Airport. It includes amenities such as an airport shuttle, daily housekeeping, conference space, laundry service, multilingual staff, as well as a restaurant and bar/lounge. Additionally, free Wi-Fi is available.
Premier Hotel East London ICC
This 4-star hotel is a brief 15-minute drive from the airport. Amenities included at this establishment consist of beach access, full-service spa, outdoor pool, breakfast, fitness centre, business centre, airport shuttle and a restaurant, as well as bar/lounge. Free Wi-Fi and free parking are also available.
This 3-star guesthouse is a short 15-minute drive from the East London Airport. Amenities include a rooftop terrace, airport shuttle, laundry facilities, porter/bellhop and a café. Additionally, this establishment offers free full breakfast, free Wi-Fi in the lobby, and free parking.
Foreign exchange usually should be purchased less than 60 days before you depart from South Africa.
You will need the following documents to order foreign exchange:
• Valid passport
• Proof of travel arrangements – flight tickets and accommodation
• Original ID document or temporary resident permit
• Proof of residential address (utility bill/bank statement less than 3 months old)
Travelex, Bidvest Bank, Rennies and American Express outlets are a 25-minute drive to the north-east of East London Airport.
Parking options available at East London Airport include an open car park, shaded parking bays and lock-up garages for short and long-term parking.
Travelling to and from the airport
East London Airport sits 4 km to the southwest of East London’s city centre. Taxis, airport shuttles and car hire options are available to get you from the airport to your destination.
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East London Airport Physical Address: Settlers Way, East London, South Africa