Mthatha Airport serves the charming town of Mthatha (affectionately known as Madiba country) in the Eastern Cape province. The airport was handed over to the South African National Defence Force for border security operations in 2012 but has since been taken over by ACSA. Mthatha Airport has been invigorated by a number of upgrades in recent years, some of which include a state-of-the-art terminal and expanded runway.
Mthatha Airport (IATA code: UTT) serves domestic departures and arrivals within South Africa. It also offers connecting flights to the major airports for international departures. Domestic airlines operating at Mthatha Airport include Airlink. UTT is situated 25 minutes from the town centre of Mthatha.
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General Information About Mthatha Airport
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Mthatha Airport serves the town of Mthatha (formerly Umtata), the hometown of many great African leaders, including Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu.
The airport was previously known as K. D. Matanzima Airport and is one of the main airports in the Eastern Cape. Mthatha Airport was used by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) for border security operations, before being handed over to Airports Company South Africa (ACSA).
The airport has undergone a number of upgrades in recent years, including an expanded runway, state-of-the-art terminal building, rental car facilities, refuelling station, security fence, and roadways.
Currently, there are no restaurants or shops at Mthatha Airport. However, several phases of airport upgrades that include retail facilities are in the pipeline. Several shops and restaurants can be found nearby.
Car hire services are available at Mthatha Airport.
Mthatha Airport does not have any lounges or facilities.
There are several options for accommodation near Mthatha Airport. These include:
Mthatha Rest Guest House
This Victorian-style guest house is a quick 15-minute drive from the airport. Amenities include conference facilities, private entrances, laundry services, airport shuttle, and DStv. Catering options are available.
LLZZ Boutique Lodge
This 3-star boutique lodge is situated approximately 20 minutes from Mthatha Airport. Some of the amenities include: a garden, room service, daily housekeeping, laundry service, and a front desk. Breakfast is available, as well as complimentary parking and Wi-Fi.
This luxurious guest house is an easy 20-minute drive from Mthatha Airport in one of the best-rated locations in Mthatha. A number of amenities are available, including a swimming pool, air-conditioning, minibar, barbecue facilities, thatched deck. Complimentary parking and Wi-Fi is also available.
Foreign currency can usually be obtained up to 60 days before departing South Africa.
The following documents are required when purchasing foreign exchange:
• A valid passport
• Proof of travel arrangements (i.e. flight tickets or proof of accommodation)
• An original ID document or temporary resident permit
• Proof of residential address (i.e. a utility bill or bank statement that is no more than 3 months old)
Mthatha Airport offers uncovered parking for short stays. Cash payments are accepted.
Mthatha Airport is located outside of Mthatha, approximately 15 km northwest of the town centre. A number of leading car hire agencies operate within the airport. Other options include metered taxis and private vehicles. A number of hotels and guest houses may offer shuttle bus pickups for arriving guests.