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The Kingdom of Eswatini

BLOG: Eswatini Air & King Mswati III International Airport

Eswatini Air, the brand new national flag carrier airline for Eswatini launched regional flights earlier this year to the King Mswati III International Airport, which in itself was only completed a few years ago. Many travellers may be curious about the experience they will receive when flying in to Eswatini on Eswatini Air and so we hope to give you an insight into that with this blog from Carol Kendrick, owner of Kendrick’s Lodge in Mbuluzi Game Reserve. Over to Carol for her first-hand experience of the airline and airport:

The King Mswati III International Airport in Eswatini is 50km from Manzini and is an impressive building housing the new national airline Eswatini Air.

Eswatini Air commenced operations on 26 March 2023 and currently flies to four destinations Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Harare.

Our flight number RN-302 from Cape Town to Eswatini’s International airport was about 50% full, on time and was a thoroughly positive experience. We left Cape Town at 13.30 and two and a half hours later we landed at King Mswati III International Airport after a very smooth, pleasant flight.

Our arrival at the airport in Eswatini was seamless with all passport control and baggage handling formalities flawless. The airport was clean, airy, friendly and efficient and can be thoroughly recommended to any traveller.

The cost of the flight was considerably cheaper than flying from Cape Town to Nelspruit’s Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in South Africa (a route we often take), and took about the same time. Great value for money.

The terminal building (arrivals and departure halls are one long building), had a coffee shop which sold great coffee and had a very amicable barrister….. okay barrister could be an exaggeration, but the lady making and serving the coffee was a charming lady who took an interest in where we had come from!

The toilets were spotless (unlike many international airports), the car hire desks had no queues but did have cars available, there were pay phones that worked and best of all the airport had a free car park.

All in all, a great experience!

For more information on flying to Eswatini, take a look at our Getting There page.