OR Tambo International Airport
OR Tambo International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in Africa is situated in Ekurhuleni near 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 OR 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. On 26 November 2006, the Airport became the first in Africa to host the Airbus A380. The aircraft landed in Johannesburg on its way to Sydney via the South Pole on a test flight.
OR Tambo International Airport is the pre-eminent air hub in Africa. It continues to serve as a gateway not only to South Africa but also to much of Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, the airport links the continent to Europe, North America, the Middle East, the Far East, Australasia and South America. OR Tambo International is also unique in that it is the only African airport with non-stop flights to all continents except Antarctica. Further to this, it is important to note that this airport, contributed no less than R5.6 billion to South Africa’s economy during the 2017 financial year. This Airport supported 5,480 jobs in the country over the same period.