2024 Skytrax Awards: Ethiopian Voted ‘Best Airline in Africa,’ LIFT Debuts as ‘Best Low-Cost Airline’

Ethiopian wins Africa's Best Airline for the 7th consecutive year

Ethiopian Airlines A350
Photo/ ©Josh | @Emafwini

The 2024 Skytrax World Airline Awards ceremony was held at the Fairmont Windsor Park, near London Heathrow Airport on June 24, 2024.

Ethiopian Airlines (ET) dominated the Africa region’s categories, winning ‘Best Airline in Africa’ for the seventh year in a row. Ethiopian also won ‘Best Business Class,’ ‘Best Economy Class,’ and ‘Best Economy Class Onboard Catering’ in Africa for 2024.

Ethiopian Airlines wins the 'Best Airline in Africa' award for 2024.
Photo/ Ethiopian Airlines

In a noteworthy debut, newcomer LIFT Airlines (GE) emerged as Africa’s ‘Best Low-Cost Airline’ for 2024.


On the global scale, Qatar Airways achieved the World’s Best Airline for the eighth time in the award’s 25-year history.

  • Airline of the Year 2024
  • Best Airline in the Middle East
  • World’s Best Business Class
  • World’s Best Business Class Seat
  • Best Business Class Onboard Catering in the Middle East
  • Best Business Class in the Middle East
  • Best Economy Class in the Middle East
  • Best Cabin Crew in the Middle East
  • Cleanest Airline in the Middle East

The Star Alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance for 2024.

Skytrax Best Airlines in Africa 2024

1. Ethiopian Airlines

  • Best Airline in Africa
  • Best Business Class in Africa
  • Best Economy Class in Africa
  • Best Economy Class Onboard Catering in Africa

2. Royal Air Maroc

  • Best Regional Airline in Africa

3. South African Airways

  • Cleanest Airline in Africa
Kenya Airways Secures “Best Airline Staff Service in Africa” Award at 2024 World Airline Awards.
Photo/ Kenya Airways

4. Kenya Airways

  • Best Airline Staff in Africa
  • Best Cabin Crew in Africa

5. RwandAir

6. Air Mauritius

  • Best Business Class Onboard Catering in Africa

7. Egyptair

  • Most Improved Airline in Africa

8. Airlink


  • Best Low-Cost Airline in Africa
LIFT Airline A320-200
LIFT, South Africa (Photo/ LIFT, Zaheer)

10. FlySafair

Skytrax has emphasised that these awards, often referred to as the “Oscars of the aviation industry,” have been independently organised since 1999.

Adding that the survey costs and awards event are fully funded by the organisers, ensuring impartiality and transparency.