O.R. Tambo International Airport
Welcome to the Gateway of the African Continent

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 close proximity.

Some Statistics

Annual passenger volumes

19 004 001

Annual passenger capacity

28 000 000

Annual cargo capacity

650 000 tons

Air traffic movements

212 580

Hourly air traffic movement capacity


Parking bays

16 300

Airport employees

> 1 000

Stakeholder airport-based employees

> 27 000



Domestic terminal

90 000 sqm

Central terminal building

110 000 sqm

On Time Performance