Welcome to the Gateway of the African Continent
Boasting a very rich history, O.R. Tambo International Airport, the biggest and busiest airport in Africa is situated in Ekurhuleni in South Africa's economic
capital, Johannesburg. From its humble beginnings in 1952, the airport has undergone two name changes from Jan Smuts Airport to Johannesburg International in 1994. It was renamed O.R. Tambo International Airport on 27 October 2006 after the late freedom stalwart, Oliver Reginald Tambo.
This transport hub boasts key elements required for a world-class airport business – location, accessibility and connectivity. It is ideally situated in the heart of South Africa's commercial and industrial hub, with excellent road infrastructure, linking it to the national road network.
O.R. Tambo International Airport services airlines from five continents and plays a vital role in serving the local, regional air transport needs of South African and international travellers.
The airport offers various retail outlets for travellers' convenience. It also boasts top-of-the-range hotels as well as a fully-equipped gym within
Annual passenger volumes
19 004 001
Annual passenger capacity
28 000 000
Annual cargo capacity
650 000 tons
Air traffic movements
Hourly air traffic movement capacity
> 1 000
Stakeholder airport-based employees
> 27 000
90 000 sqm
Central terminal building
110 000 sqm
On Time Performance