OR TAMBO AIRPORT
OR TAMBO AIRPORT
As the busiest airport in South Africa, it is no surprise that the OR Tambo Airport processes well over 25 million passengers every year, with this number steadily increasing. The increasing passenger population meant that OR Tambo Airport needed a well-deserved extension and renovation project which was done in the early 2000's. The expansion was necessary for the massive amounts of passengers processed but the renovations were needed because the airport had been in operation for over 50 years and in need of an upgrade. The renovation project saw that all terminal buildings were situated to have an effortless flow for passengers going through the OR Tambo Airport. There is a transit terminal where passengers take care of their check-in requirements, departures terminal to deal with boarding’s and an arrivals terminal with baggage and immigration area. Each of the terminal sections has their own information desk where visitors or passengers can enquire any information they may need regarding the airport.
Another terminal plays host to much of the shopping opportunities offered at the OR Tambo Airport. These range from stores selling goods to stores offering beauty and laundry services. In an adjoining section is where all of the arrivals are done. Each of the arrivals and departures terminals have their own pick-up and drop off areas respectively. Passengers can be picked up by family or friends who can park off their vehicles here for up to an hour, free of charge. The other options for visitors to Johannesburg would be to make use of one of the 10 different car rental agencies located conveniently at OR Tambo Airport. Hiring out a vehicle here means that passengers will have instant access to a car as soon as they land at the airport and can drop it off when they will be departing. It is ideal for business travellers who may only be in the city for a day on business meetings. This allows for fliers to step off the plane and into their rental car.
OR Tambo Airport also has plenty of parking options for visitors to the airport. Parking bays were also directly affected by the renovation process and now offers hundreds of added bays with a newly installed technology which allows drivers to know which bays are empty from afar. Payment can be done in cash or with a credit card at one of the many pay points at the entrance to the terminal buildings. OR Tambo Airport passengers who do not have access to their own vehicle can also make use of public transport that runs between the airport and various points in Johannesburg at regular times. This means that passengers can use these methods which are either via a bus or the Gautrain to get to their hotels from the airport or vice versa. There are dozens of hotels within the vicinity of the OR Tambo Airport which passengers can stay at. The airport is also easily accessible with well-maintained roads from all cities in Johannesburg, allowing for a very short travel distance from the hotel to the airport.