Upington Airport located in The Northern Cape provides domestic flights in South Africa to Cape Town Airport and OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg through Airlink airlines. The Airport only provides international flights for cargo and non-scheduled charter flights, not commercial. Car Hire services are available through Avis, Bidvest, First Car & Tempest Car Hire, alternatively Airport Shuttles can be booked. A tourist information desk and a conference room are also available for usage at the airport terminal building. Upington Airport is is conveniently located less than 5KMs from the center of town and accommodation in Uppington is available and can be booked through various establishments within the area.
Formally known as Pierre Van Ryneveld Airport, it was established in 1968. The Upington Airport is host to three asphalt runways which can accommodate aircrafts as large as a Boing 747, the main runway used at Upington Airport measures just short of 5KMs in length and is the longest civilian runway in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the longest in the world, it even has the ability to land a NASA Space Shuttle in the event of an emergency. Apart from offering commercial flights to the public, Upington Airport is a cargo hub for items such as grape exports and motor vehicle imports by car manufacturers.
Upington, although being a smaller South African town does provide most modern urban amenities and commodities such as Foreign Exchange Facilities, Banks & ATMs, WiFi Hotspots, Restaurants, Medical facilities and general commercial businesses.
Upington is most well-known for its grape harvests which are of a high, international quality and are predominantly exported to Europe and produced into Wine. Uppington is also famous for its six Orange River Wines; Kanoneiland, Grootdrink, Kakamas, Keimoes and Groblershoop
Upington and the surrounding areas are also host to a variety of tourist attractions and landmarks such as Augrabies Falls, the Flowers of Namaqualand, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Richtersveld, Green Kalahari, Bezalel Wine & Brandy Estate, and Kalahari-Oranje Museum.
Upington, previously known in Afrikaans as the town of ‘Olyfenhoudtsdrif’ meaning Olive Wood Drift in English, was established in The Northern Cape in the 1800s along the Orange River. The town was renamed Upington after the former Prime Minister of The Cape Sir Thomas Upington just before 1900
Upington Airport (IATA: UTN) (ICAO: FAUP)
Diedericks St, Upington, 8801