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OR Tambo International Airport is a major airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. It serves as the primary airport for international and domestic travel from and to South Africa and is Africa's busiest airport with a capacity to handle up to 28 million passengers annually.

The airport is the hub of South Africa's largest domestic and international carrier, South African Airways and a number of smaller local airlines. It was formerly officially known as Johannesburg International Airport and before that as Jan Smuts International Airport. OR Tambo International Airport is one of the few airports in the world that has direct flights to all 6 continents.

 

O.R Tambo International Airport history

The airport was founded in 1952 as Jan Smuts Airport, near the town of Kempton Park on the East Rand. It displaced the Palmietfontein International Airport, which had handled European flights since 1945. In the same year of its inception, it had the prestigious distinction of ushering in the jet age, when the first commercial flight of a de Havilland Comet took off from London Heathrow Airport bound for Johannesburg. It was used as a test airport for the Concorde during the 1970s, to determine how the aircraft would perform while landing and taking off at high altitude. During the 1980s, many countries stopped trading with South Africa because of the United Nation sanctions imposed against South Africa in the struggle against apartheid, and many international airlines had to stop flying to the airport. These sanctions also resulted in South African Airways being refused rights to fly over most African countries, and in addition to this the risk of flying over some African countries was emphasised by the shooting down of two passenger aircraft over Rhodesia. Following the ending of apartheid, the airport's name, and that of other international airports in South Africa, were changed and these restrictions were lifted. The airport overtook Cairo International Airport in 1996 as the busiest airport in Africa and is the second busiest airport in the Africa-Middle East region after Dubai International Airport. The airport is one of the 100 busiest in the world. 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.

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