Guest House / B&B, 25 kilometers from this airport( 25 minutes drive). Tel: (011) 6803452 for bookings.
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     O R Tambo (Johannesburg International) Airport.




07 DEC 1947Johannesburg-Jan Smuts Airport Johannesburg International Airport
OCT 2006 Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport

Johannesburg International Airport is the world-class air transport hub of southern Africa. It hosts airlines from all five continents, caters for more than 13 million passengers each year and forms part of a global network of trade, distribution and other economic activities. According to the Airports Council International’s passenger statistics, Johannesburg International Airport is busier than Brisbane and Dubai airports, and its passenger traffic has even overtaken that of Cairo. The biggest and busiest airport on the continent, it is now capable of handling 22 million passengers annually. 

Since ACSA’s inception in 1993, Johannesburg International Airport’s growth rate has been consistently high, putting the airport’s infrastructure under pressure and making extra capacity and efficient movement of passengers a top priority. ACSA is actively pursuing the development of Johannesburg International Airport not only as an airport of excellence and an entry point into the rest of Africa but also as an ‘aerocity’. Johannesburg International Airport is currently one of the most cost-effective airports in the world, according to a recent report by the United Kingdom Transportation Research Laboratory.

To facilitate the achievement of its development objectives ACSA has divided Johannesburg International Airport into nine precincts dedicated to increasing and enhancing the efficiency and capacity of all operations. Most of these precincts have undergone or will undergo major infrastructural changes and development. Current plans include the CTB, the International Terminal upgrade, a new apron, a train link and several multi-storey car parks. Surrounding road infrastructure and access roads have also been recently upgraded.

The exponential increase in passengers necessitated the expansion and upgrading of the terminal precinct. The new Domestic Terminal building, which was completed in 2003, boosted Johannesburg International Airport’s capacity to more than 16 million passengers a year. A R44-million domestic-to-international passenger transfer facility was opened in April 2004 and the International Terminal is presently undergoing a major upgrade. 

The CTB, currently under construction, is being built on the site of the old Domestic Terminal building situated between the present International Terminal and the recently completed new Domestic Terminal. The design of a building within the space designated for the CTB is unique and challenging, says Riley. As a hub airport Johannesburg International Airport has a focus to maximise the efficient processing of passengers and goods. The conceptual design challenge for the CTB has been to find an even balance between the built infrastructural requirements and the operational, technical and economic considerations of Johannesburg International Airport. The airport aims for the highest standards of service and its operations are run very tightly.

Concept plans for the CTB feature a spacious triple storey internal space, an enormous central atrium with a glass dome allowing plenty of natural lighting, lots of large and spacious open areas and overhead walkways to other buildings. 

The airport station for a train link will also be integrated with the CTB. ACSA is working closely with the Gauteng Provincial Government on the development of a Gautrain high-speed link to Johannesburg International Airport. 

With this development we are ensuring that Johannesburg International Airport can cater for all the people who will be moving in many directions through this hub. The enormous central atrium will serve as a single entry point for all arriving and departing passengers as well as visitors to the airport. From this central core they will then move in different directions into the various parts of the building and further into connections with other parts of the airport, depending on where they want to be.