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

Welcome to the Gateway of the African Continent

O.R. Tambo International Airport, previously known as Johannesburg International Airport, the biggest and busiest airport in Africa, carries all the hallmarks of a world-class airport business – location, accessibility and connectivity. It is ideally situated in Johannesburg, South Africa's commercial and in the heart of Ekurhuleni Municipality, the heart of the city's industrial hub. The airport boasts excellent road infrastructure linking it to the national road network.

O. R. Tambo International Airport services airlines from five continents across the world and plays a vital role in serving the local and regional air transport needs of South Africans, as well as international travelers.  

​As the flagship airport in Airports Company South Africa's network of nine airports, O.R. Tambo International Airports facilitates over 21 million passengers and has the capacity to facilitate 28 million passengers per annum. Not only is it a passenger hub, but has a cargo facilitation capacity of 650 000 tonnes per annum.

The airport also has a significant retail footprint which cuts across the spectrum from high-end duty-free stores, African curio shops and a wide range of food and beverage offerings.  O.R. Tambo International Airport is also home to top-of-the-range hotels which are situated in and around the airport precinct.


Some Statistics

Annual passenger volumes

21,179, 061 million

Annual passenger capacity

28 million

Annual cargo capacity

650 000 tons

Air traffic movements

220 934

Hourly air traffic movement capacity


Parking bays

16 300

Airport employees

> 3 000

Stakeholder airport-based employees

> 35 000



Domestic terminal

90 000 sqm

Central terminal building

110 000 sqm

On-Time​ Performance