Antananarivo Airport Mini Guide
Why do people fly to Antananarivo Airport?
Antananarivo Airport is the main access point to the beautiful island of Madagascar and if you’re visiting, the chances are you’ll land here. Once there, people rarely choose to stay in the capital but instead head out to the jungles and mountains of the interior or find the beaches around the newly constructed resorts.
How do I get to Antananarivo Airport?
There are no direct flights from the UK
but there are plenty of flights from France
which used to have control over the island. You can get a connecting flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle
or alternative can travel to Marseille
and fly from there.
What is the airport like?
The airport is quite large and also very busy accepting dozens of flights a day. It’s currently undergoing an expansion programme which was meant to improve the facilities in readiness for two African congresses but they’ve been and gone and still the work is expected to take another seven years. Inside it’s heading towards modernity yet retains an African feel.
There are fewer facilities than you would hope to see in an airport of this size but you can still amuse yourself in the duty free and the craft shops which hope to tempt the last minute souvenir shopper. Food choices at the airport are limited but you can still get a reasonable meal or take your chances with the cold snack menu. Car hire is available from the airport and the desks are located in the arrivals hall where you’ll also be able to exchange money but be wary of the dozens of ‘entrepreneurs’ who want to take you places, exchange money or offer car hire.