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1. OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL

1. OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL
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Gauteng
Direction: 03/21
Length.  : 4 418m
Surface. : Asphalt

On 27 October 2006 this airport was renamed after Oliver Tambo, the former president of the ANC. The following month it became the first in Africa to host the Airbus A380. Previously, OR Tambo International had been known as Johannesburg International. It serves as the primary airport for domestic and international travel to/from South Africa and is Africa’s busiest airport with a capacity handle up to 28,000,000 passengers annually. The airport was opened in 1952 as “Jan Smuts Airport,” two years after his death, 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 honourable 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. OR Tambo International, along with Dubai International, Doha International and Singapore’s Changi Airport are the only four airports in the world which have direct flights (non-stop) to all 6 inhabited continents.

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