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The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa. Its capital is Bhisho, but its two largest cities are East London and Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The second largest province in the country at 168 966 km2 after Northern Cape. It was formed in 1994 out of the Xhosa homelands or bantustans of Transkei and Ciskei, together with the eastern portion of the Cape Province.

The Eastern Cape as a South African Province came into existence in 1994 and incorporated areas from the former Xhosa homelands of the Transkei and Ciskei, together with what was previously part of the Cape Province. This resulted in several anomalies including the fact that the Province has four supreme courts (in Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Bhisho and Mthatha) and enclaves of KwaZulu-Natal in the province. The latter anomaly has fallen away with amendments to municipal and provincial boundaries.

How many airports serve the Eastern Cape?

The Eastern Cape has two main airports – Port Elizabeth Airport and East London Airport.

Port Elizabeth Airport is often used as a gateway to the popular Garden Route as Port Elizabeth sits at the end of the route and East London Airport is a good choice for anyone wishing to explore the Wild Coast.

Neither of the Eastern Cape airports is an international airport, so if you are flying to the Eastern Cape from overseas you will have to come via one of the bigger international airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban.

There are several flights a day into both Eastern Cape airports from various cities across South Africa and a number of airlines fly into both airports including British Airways and South African Airways and budget airlines Kulula and One Time. It is worth comparing prices for flights as the budget airlines are not always the cheapest.

For more information on each Eastern Cape airport, see our Port Elizabeth Airport or East London Airport pages or see below to check flight information.