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Flights from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo

A major international airport that serves Johannesburg in South Africa is OR Tambo International Airport. The airport is located in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa, near Johannesburg. OR Tambo International Airport is South Africa’s main domestic and international airport, as well as Africa’s busiest airport, with the capacity to handle about 28 million passengers every year. OR Tambo International Airport was previously known as Johannesburg International Airport and as Jan Smuts International Airport before that. Owned by Airports Company South Africa, OR Tambo International Airport is elevated at 5,558 feet or 1,694 metres above mean sea level, and can be found on the map using the coordinates 26°08′21″S, 028°14′46″E. It has two asphalt surfaced runways, 03L/21R and 03R/21L. The western runway, 03L/21R, is one of the longest international airport runways in the world, at 14,495 feet or 4,418 metres long.

Where to go

The domestic flights that OR Tambo International Airport handles include flights to Nelspruit, Phalaborwa, Petemaritzburg, Polokwane, Skukuza, Umtata, Upington, Sishen, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Lephalale, Margate, Plettenberg, George, East London, Bloemfontein, Hoedspruit, Kimberley, and Richards Bay.

One of the national capitals of South Africa, Cape Town is the legislative capital, with Pretoria as the executive capital and Bloemfontein as the judicial capital. Among other features, Cape Town is known for its harbour and for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, a World Heritage Site. Cape Town is also a multicultural city, making it a major destination in South Africa. Famous attractions that tourists can visit in the city include Table Mountain, Cape Point, the City Bowl, Chapman’s Peak Drive, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Cape Flats, the Kristenbosch National Botanical Garden, and Mostert’s Mill, along with its beaches that are home to colonies of African penguins, as well as surfing hotspots.

Three hours from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa is Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, the country’s largest and richest city. Located on a natural harbour on the eastern coast of Africa, sandy beaches are some of the main attractions in the city. Two of the five museums comprising the National Museum of Tanzania group are also located in Dar es Salaam – the National Museum proper and the Village Museum. Nearby the National Museum are botanical gardens. Daytrips to the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve are also popular among tourists. The reserve is a favourite spot for snorkelling, swimming, and sunbathing.

A 13-hour flight from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport can get travellers to Hong Kong. This city on the southern coast of China is famous for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour, among others. Modern architecture is also notable in Hong Kong, as well as its highly developed public transportation network. Places to see and visit in Hong Kong include the International Commerce Centre, the Central Plaza, The Center, the Victoria Harbour, the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, the Central Police Station, and the remains of the Kowloon Walled City.

How to get out

OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa is one of the few airports (with Atlanta, Doha, Abu Dhabi, London-Gatwick, Sydney, Dubai-International, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, and Singapore) in the world that serves all continents except Antarctica. The airport is a hub for South African Airways, the country’s largest domestic and international carrier; and is also a hub for Airlink, Comair, Interair South Africa, South African Express, Mango, and Kulula.

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