Richards Bay Airport: Cheap Flights, Tickets, and Travel Deals

Richards Bay Airport (RCB) is a tiny domestic airport in Richards Bay, South Africa. Serving about 80,000 passengers per year, this little facility doesn't see much action. However, its capacity levels could soon skyrocket! The South African government is toying with the idea of turning Richards Bay Airport into a sleek, spacious international airport.

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Richards Bay Airport is situated around 10 km away from its namesake city, Richards Bay. Since there isn't any public transportation connecting the two, you'll need to hop in a taxi or a rental car to reach your hotel. If you drive down E Central Arterial or Bullion Boulevard, the journey into city centre shouldn't take longer than 20 minutes. For the best rates on rental cars in Richards Bay, check out Skyscanner's car hire listings.


Richards Bay Airport is served by a single airline, South African Express, which only offers flights to Johannesburg. So, getting to this little airport can be a bit tricky for Canadians. To reach Richards Bay, your best bet is flying into a major airport in Europe or USA that provides direct flights to Johannesburg, like New York City, Paris, Rome, or London. From there, you can travel into Johannesburg's O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and catch the next flight to Richards Bay Airport.


Don't expect any lavish amenities or upscale services at Richards Bay Airport. As we mentioned above, this tiny, one-terminal airport is currently slated for an expansion to accommodate international flights and to better host its visitors. However, these proposed changes have encountered a few roadblocks. To expand, Richards Bay Airport needs to extend its runway, but the area of land in question sits inside the town of Mandlanzini, where new homes have been built. So, until these disputes are resolved, Richards Bay Airport remains a quaint domestic airport without any shops, food outlets, or additional comforts that most Canadian travellers expect.

The City

Richards Bay, known as Richardsbaai in Afrikaans, is a town of about 58,000 residents in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Despite being renowned for its coal and heavy metal industry, Richards Bay is plagued by high levels of poverty and unemployment. Needless to say, there isn't much tourist infrastructure here. Most international visitors arrive in Richards Bay for business conferences or family visits, rather than to explore the local sites.

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Longitude:32° 5' 35'' E
Latitude:28° 44' 26'' S

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