Bloemfontein Airport

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Bram Fischer international Airport
Bloemfontein Airport - panoramio.jpg
Airport type Public / Military
Operator ACSA
South African Air Force
Location Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa
Focus city for CemAir
South African Express
Elevation AMSL 4,457 ft / 1,358 m
Coordinates 29°05′38″S 26°18′14″E / 29.09389°S 26.30389°E / -29.09389; 26.30389Coordinates: 29°05′38″S 26°18′14″E / 29.09389°S 26.30389°E / -29.09389; 26.30389
BFN is located in Free State (South African province)
Location in the Free State
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,559 8,395 Asphalt
12/30 2,195 7,201 Asphalt
Sources: Airport web site[1] and DAFIF[2][3]

Bram Fischer International Airport (IATA: BFN, ICAO: FABL) is primary airport located in Bloemfontein, a city in the Free State province of South Africa. The airfield is shared with AFB Bloemspruit.

In 2017, the airport served 402,452 passengers. Bloemfontein airport, like many others in South Africa, underwent R46 million's worth of construction and upgrading of the whole airport in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[4]

In November 2012, the South African government announced that the airport's name was to be changed to Bram Fischer International Airport; the official renaming was performed by Pres. Jacob Zuma on Thursday, 13 December 2012.[5]


The main terminal building is used for both international and domestic flights.


Due to low passenger traffic at this airport ACSA have decided not to expand the airport, says they will expand the airport if passenger traffic rises.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Airlink Durban, Johannesburg O. R. Tambo
South African Airways Johannesburg O. R. Tambo
CemAir George, Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Port Elizabeth
Mango Cape Town
South African Express Cape Town, Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo (both suspended)[6]


Airlines Destinations
Imperial Air Cargo Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo
Airlink Cargo Durban
South African Cargo Johannesburg. O. R. Tambo

South African Express is the operator with the most scheduled flights to Bloemfontein. Its fleet of Q400's and CRJ200's can regularly be seen at FABL. Mango, a subsidiary of South African Airways, operates one daily flight to Cape Town. Its services to Durban and Johannesburg were discontinued after no profit was made.


Traffic statistics[edit]

Annual passenger traffic [7]
Year Passengers % Change
2006 305,701 Increase23.8%
2007 424,924 Increase39.0%
2008 411,683 Decrease3.1%
2009 399,666 Decrease2.9%
2010 403,766 Increase1.0%
2011 437,996 Increase8.5%
2012 426,420 Decrease2.6%
2013 380,284 Decrease10.8%
2014 367,635 Decrease3.3%
2015 386,865 Increase5.2%
2016 396,280 Increase2.4%
2017 402,452 Increase1.6%

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