Johannesburg Airport Departures

O. R. Tambo International Airport

Address: 1 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, 1632, South Africa^
Phone: +27 (0)11 723 1400
IATA airport code: JNB
ICAO airport code: FAOR
Alias: Jan Smuts Airport and Oliver Reginald Tambo Airport

JNB Departures today

Check out OR Tambo international airport departures

Known to most as Johannesburg Airport, it was renamed OR Tambo in 2005 after the former president and anti-apartheid activist. Located in Kempton park northeast of town. With an average of more than 20 million passengers per year, it is one of the busiest airports on the continent. Most flights are domestic or regional, but there are also destinations in Australia, Europe, US and Asia. Many short-haul flights are operated by Airlink. The airport is also the hub of South African Airways.

The flights will be operated on two runways of 3,400 and 4,400 meters in length. This allows even the largest passenger and cargo flights to land. There are a number of terminals that are subdivided and a small section as a transit terminal. The airport handles the domestic and international flights in different terminals.

With its first OR Tambo flight departures in 1952 there have been quite some updates, renovations and expansion to let the airport grow to almost 22 million passengers.

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Terminal at Johannesburg airport

At the domestic terminal B there is the arrival area at level 0 and baggage carousels at level B1. At level 1 there are mainly domestic JNB departures but also international ones. Level 2 is the floor to check-in and get through security.

JNB departures domestic terminal

Terminal A starts at ground level, the arrival area. Also here are the international Johannesburg Tambo Airport departures on level 1, but also the check-in counters.


If you want to experience a little more peace, comfort and luxury at the airport, you can use a lounge. Various lounges are available in both the domestic and international terminals. Some are from a relevant airline such as British Airways, Emirates or South African Airways but others are accessible if you fly with another airline.

Runway and passenger statistics

The airport has 2 runways, measuring 14,500 and 11,150 feet for all Johannesburg departures. There are JNB airport departures possible with the biggest airplane Boeing A380. Every year thousands of planes with millions of passengers arrive here. In 2020, 7 million passengers were at the South African airport. This was accompanied by 218,208 OR Tambo departures of many different national and international airlines.

Other flight routes Johannesburg Airport

It is the main hub for South African Airways with OR Tambo airport departures to many destinations all over the world. Many local flights are largely flown by Mango,, Fly Safair and CemAir. South African Airways’ international OR Tambo airport departures go to surrounding countries, but certainly also to distant destinations such as:

Other frequent airlines for Johannesburg departures are:

  • Turkish Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • United Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Saudi
  • Qatar Airways
  • Qantas
  • Emirates
  • Lufthansa
  • KLM
  • Kenya Airways
  • Etihad Airways
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • British Airways
  • Air Namibia
  • Air France
Johannesburg Airport ground transportation

The center of Johannesburg is only 23 km from the airport. This can be driven in 30 minutes by car. You can get there by taxi for 600 ZAR (30 USD) and by train you can use it from early in the morning until 10 in the evening. Travel time is about the same but it costs a third of the price compared to a taxi.

  • A taxi is the safest and most comfortable way to travel from the airport to your hotel. For a taxi ride from Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport to the center of Johannesburg you pay about 600 ZAR (37 euros).
  • Public transport is well organized. A train departs from the airport to the center of Johannesburg several times a day. In addition, there is a bus to the city every 15 minutes. The buses are on the platform at Terminal B. You can also travel to Johannesburg by minibus. This is a lot faster than with the normal bus.
  • Would you like to have a car at your disposal during your stay? Then you can rent a car from one of the car rental companies located at the airport. In the arrivals hall you will find the counters of Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National Car Rental, Tempest Car Hire Johannesburg and Value Car Hire. It is advisable to reserve a car online before your trip.

Pick up/Drop off driving map:

drop off pick up driving JNB airport OR tambo


Two main options to use as a transit hotel:

  • City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport
  • InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Hotel, an IHG Hotel