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Tue 24 February 2015

Airports Company South Africa says the country’s flagship airport O.R. Tambo International Airport is well positioned to be a logistics and distribution hub for air cargo. .

“A combination of sufficient cargo capacity, strategic location, high levels of connectivity, accessibility to major routes and world-class infrastructure position O.R. Tambo International as a cargo and logistics super site,” says O.R.Tambo International Airport General Manager Bongiwe Pityi.

In a few days’ time, Air Cargo Africa 2015 will kick off, attracting logistics and transport players from the rest of Africa and around the world. The event, themed Air Cargo: Africa’s path to sustainable growth, takes place from February 25 to 27 at Emperors Palace & Casino Resort, in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg.

“Air Cargo Africa 2015 is an appropriate platform for air cargo players from all over the world to assess the trade and investment opportunities that Africa has to offer. It is O.R. Tambo International Cargo Division’s vision to attract more air cargo traffic to maintain and grow our status as the logistics and distribution hub for sub-equatorial Africa,” says Pityi.

O.R. Tambo is Africa’s busiest airport and is a vital gateway for regional and international air cargo. In 2014, it handled approximately 390 000 tons of air cargo, while a total of 18 million passengers passed through the airport.

Airports Company South Africa is positioning its various airports as international cargo airlines’ preferred partners on the African continent based on a reputation for safety and efficiency in the provision of world-class cargo management services. 

O.R. Tambo International Airport
O.R. Tambo International Airport is arguably the largest and busiest airport in the African continent. The airport is also the biggest cargo airport in Africa with freight estimated at over 400 000 tonnes per annum.
Major expansion projects have increased the annual passenger handling capacity at O.R. Tambo International from 6,5 million in 1993 to a current 28 million.
The award-winning airport currently processes over 19 million passengers annualy.
A recent Airbus forecast recognises O.R. Tambo International Airport as the only mega city airport in Africa, with more than 50 000 daily long-haul passenger flights carrying cargo in their belly. Forecast to be a reality by 2032.


AIR CARGO AFRICA 2015, (25-27 February 2015) is the 3rd Biennial International Air Cargo Event organised by STAT Times to showcase Africa’s air cargo potential on a global scale and provide a platform for the players from different sectors of the industry to meet and discuss trade opportunities. In its past two editions held in Nairobi and Johannesburg, the exhibition has seen participation from major airlines and airports, especially from Africa.

The second edition of Air Cargo Africa, held for the first time in South Africa in 2013, gathered a record 413 global industry decision makers as registered delegates. The event lured an impressive 2865 visitors from 27 countries across Africa and 24 countries from other continents to explore business prospects. Apart from Air Cargo Africa, STAT Times also organises the popular International biennial International event AIR CARGO INDIA.

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Unathi Batyashe-Fillis
Airports Company South Africa Acting Group Communications Manager
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